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To learn Objectivism, which is the name of a particular philosophical system, Ayn Rand’s, you must see it as addressing the questions of philosophy, often in novel ways. To learn philosophy, you must understand the questions it asks and why they arise. Neither of these tasks is easy, in part because the questions philosophy raises are abstract and difficult, and because the answers offered to these questions are often intricate and subtle.

This course has two main aims: to give you a more first-handed understanding of (i) some important philosophical questions and issues, and (ii) Objectivism’s perspective on these questions and issues. The course comprises four units, each led by a different faculty member:

  • Unit 1: Perspectives from the History of Philosophy on Morality and Self-Interest (Gregory Salmieri / Mike Mazza)
  • Unit 2: Hume’s Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (Onkar Ghate)
  • Unit 3: Central Themes in Plato’s Philosophy (Aaron Smith)
  • Unit 4: History of the Fact/Value Dichotomy (Ben Bayer)