The Road to Critical Race Theory

This is an ongoing live course of Ayn Rand University, a new kind of university which provides advanced live courses in philosophy and communication from an Objectivist perspective. ARU courses include weekly live classes conducted by videoconference and taught by experts in Objectivism.

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In this course we will cover a variety of topics, including the Frankfurt School and the New Left, environmentalism, feminism and gender studies, post-structuralism and postmodernism, postcolonialism, intersectionality, and how all of the above have paved the ground for CRT itself, which will be our focus in the last weeks. We will examine what all these ideas actually are, where they come from, what is their impact on the culture, and what are their strong points and shortcomings.

Objectivism Seminar: Foundations – Year 2

This is an ongoing live course of Ayn Rand University, a new kind of university which provides advanced live courses in philosophy and communication from an Objectivist perspective. ARU courses include weekly live classes conducted by videoconference and taught by experts in Objectivism.

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This is the second year of a two-year seminar exploring Objectivism in depth, with a focus on understanding its core principles in the context of the history of philosophy and other thinkers’ answers to major philosophical questions. Year 1 focused especially on ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology. Year 2, the current course, focuses on foundational issues and the guidance Objectivism offers in epistemology, ethics, and politics.

Leonard Peikoff’s “Eight Great Plays”

This is an ongoing live course of Ayn Rand University, a new kind of university which provides advanced live courses in philosophy and communication from an Objectivist perspective. ARU courses include weekly live classes conducted by videoconference and taught by experts in Objectivism.

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This is a guided study of Leonard Peikoff’s “Eight Great Plays” course, in which Dr. Peikoff selects eight masterpieces of world literature and analyzes them as great works of drama and as works that implicitly convey complete philosophies of life. ARU faculty supplement Dr. Peikoff’s lectures with live discussions and assignments that further explore the plays and the principles underlying Ayn Rand’s view that art is an indispensable need of human life.

Foundations of Physical Science: Motion and Gravitation

This is an ongoing live course of Ayn Rand University, a new kind of university which provides advanced live courses in philosophy and communication from an Objectivist perspective. ARU courses include weekly live classes conducted by videoconference and taught by experts in Objectivism.

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This course will trace the development of man’s understanding of motion and gravitation, starting with the earliest astronomical observations of pre-Greek civilizations, and culminating in the achievements of Isaac Newton. How did mankind progress from a state of total ignorance about the stars, planets, Sun, and Moon to our first scientific understanding of these bodies and the laws that govern their behavior? No prerequisites or background in physics are required.

Objectivism Through Ayn Rand’s Fiction (Q1-Q2)

Ayn Rand’s major novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, are self-consciously philosophical novels, containing abstract themes, characters driven by opposing moral principles, and conflicts rooted in clashing worldviews. And more than that, Rand’s fictional heroes discover and embody new philosophical ideas, original to Rand. To begin to understand Rand’s distinctive worldview and to learn her new philosophy, Objectivism, there is no better place to start than with careful consideration of the content and meaning of her novels.

Philosophical Skills (Q1-Q2)

This is an ongoing live course of Ayn Rand University, a new kind of university which provides advanced live courses in philosophy and communication from an Objectivist perspective. ARU courses include weekly live classes conducted by videoconference and taught by experts in Objectivism.

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To learn Objectivism–a particular philosophy–you must see it as addressing the questions of philosophy. To learn philosophy, you must understand its questions and why they arise. Neither of these tasks is easy, because the questions philosophy raises are abstract and difficult, and the answers offered are often intricate and subtle. This course provides training in identifying and evaluating arguments.

OGC: Advanced Writing and Editing

This is an invitation-only live course (Oct. 2021 – Jun. 2022) of Ayn Rand University, a new kind of university which provides advanced live courses in philosophy and communication from an Objectivist perspective. ARU courses include weekly live classes conducted by videoconference and taught by experts in Objectivism.

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This course builds on the skills learned in the Writing Course taught in Year 2 of the Objectivist Academic Center. It focuses on advanced training in writing and editing articles aimed at an intellectually-oriented general audience, and is led by the senior editors of New Ideal.