25 Courses
Topic: Epistemology
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Onkar Ghate
Chief Philosophy Officer & Senior Fellow

Seize the Reins of Your Mind

2 Lessons
1h 26m
Level
Beginner
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Many educated people today dismiss free will as an illusion and instead view themselves and other people as determined by their environment and their genetics. Objectivism offers a very different view. It holds that the...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Induction in Physics and Philosophy

7 Lessons
13h 14m
Level
Advanced
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These historic lectures present, for the first time, the solution to the problem of induction, and thereby complete, in every essential respect, the validation of reason. Dr. Peikoff begins by identifying the axioms of induction and...
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Harry Binswanger
Member, Board of Directors

Psycho-Epistemology II

2 Lessons
3h 5m
Level
Advanced
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★★★★
Ayn Rand defined psycho-epistemology as “the study of man’s cognitive processes from the aspect of the interaction between the conscious mind and the automatic functions of the subconscious.” In these lectures extending material presented in “Psycho-Epistemology I”,...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Principles of Grammar

8 Lessons
18h 59m
Level
Intermediate
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★★★★
Grammar is the science that studies the methods of combining words into sentences. Discover how this normally dry subject is transformed into an engrossing epistemological field of study. Learn why a mastery of the principles...
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Harry Binswanger
Member, Board of Directors

Psycho-Epistemology I

3 Lessons
3h 22m
Level
Advanced
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★★★★
Ayn Rand defined psycho-epistemology as “the study of man’s cognitive processes from the aspect of the interaction between the conscious mind and the automatic functions of the subconscious.” In these illuminating lectures on this new science, Harry...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Writing: A Mini-Course

2 Lessons
3h 43m
Level
Intermediate
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★★★★
Learning to write, Dr. Peikoff explains, requires not only an understanding of the proper principles, but also the ability to apply those principles to one's actual writing. These lectures feature exercises on six different aspects of...
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Harry Binswanger
Member, Board of Directors

Logic: The Method of Reason

6 Lessons
5h 50m
Level
Advanced
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★★★★
Atlas Shrugged has been aptly described as “a hymn to logic.” But today, logic textbooks contain only sterile, formalistic diversions from real-life issues. In this course, given at Objectivist Summer Conference 2018 (OCON), Harry Binswanger...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Introduction to Logic

10 Lessons
26h 53m
Level
Intermediate
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★★★★
This course covers the standard topics taught in introductory courses in Aristotelian logic. It defines the principles of valid reasoning, and discusses prevalent logical fallacies. It formalizes the steps by which one derives conclusions from...
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Harry Binswanger
Member, Board of Directors

Emotions

2 Lessons
3h 25m
Level
Intermediate
Completed 0%
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★★★★
A proper view of man requires a thorough understanding of not only reason, but also emotion—and of the relation between the two. Philosophers who teach that emotions bypass the mind, claiming that emotions are either...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

The Art of Thinking

8 Lessons
14h 27m
Level
Advanced
Completed 0%
Reviews
★★★★
Do you want to improve your method of thinking? This is a course on what to do with your mind during the act of thought, when to do it and how to do it. Leonard Peikoff...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Judging, Feeling and Not Being Moralistic

2 Lessons
3h 57m
Level
Intermediate
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Reviews
★★★★
Dr. Leonard Peikoff offers an intensive analysis of the process of evaluative judgment, applying the enormously abstract subject of morality to difficult cases. These lectures are invaluable guides for making moral decisions, an immensely important...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Certainty and Happiness: Achieving Success in Thought and Action

1 Lesson
2h 2m
Level
Beginner
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Reviews
★★★★
Dr. Peikoff’s analysis of the contrast between Objectivism’s “philosophy of success” and the culturally dominant “philosophy of failure”; and the fundamental error shared by the enemies of certainty and of happiness. This lecture was delivered at...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Leonard Peikoff at the Ford Hall Forum

14 Lessons
20h 29m
Level
Beginner
Completed 0%
Reviews
★★★★
In 1961, Ayn Rand received a speaking invitation from the Ford Hall Forum, a group that sponsors free public lectures on social and political issues. She spoke there almost every year until her death. From 1982...
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Harry Binswanger
Member, Board of Directors

Concepts and Propositions

6 Lessons
5h 43m
Level
Advanced
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Reviews
★★★★
Ayn Rand’s theory of concepts is revolutionary in the field of philosophy and it forms the backbone of the Objectivist theory of knowledge. In this course, given at Objectivist Summer Conference 2017 (OCON), Harry Binswanger...
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Harry Binswanger
Member, Board of Directors

The Foundations of Knowledge

6 Lessons
5h 40m
Level
Advanced
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Reviews
★★★★
What is knowledge? What does it depend upon? What are the means of acquiring it? In this course, given at Objectivist Summer Conference 2016 (OCON), Harry Binswanger answers these questions and, in doing so, explains...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Advanced Seminars on Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

15 Lessons
25h 27m
Level
Advanced
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Reviews
★★★★
In this course, originally a series of advanced seminars given in 1990 and 1991, Leonard Peikoff discusses the content and process of writing his then forthcoming book Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand (OPAR). Although...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Unity in Epistemology and Ethics

4 Lessons
7h 0m
Level
Advanced
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Reviews
★★★★
In these advanced talks, originally given in 1996, Leonard Peikoff discusses the significance and implications of the principle that all knowledge is interconnected. Peikoff makes the case for the unity of knowledge in great detail...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Objectivism Through Induction

12 Lessons
18h 14m
Level
Advanced
Completed 0%
Reviews
★★★★
This course, originally given by Leonard Peikoff in 1997, teaches you the method of learning Objectivism’s principles that Ayn Rand used to discover them — the only method (in Rand’s words) of discovering and validating...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Understanding Objectivism

12 Lessons
25h 44m
Level
Advanced
Completed 0%
Reviews
★★★★
This course, originally given by Leonard Peikoff in 1983, is addressed to those who are sympathetic to Ayn Rand’s philosophy, but who experience difficulty in completely digesting it and integrating its principles into their lives....
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

History of Philosophy

50 Lessons
36h 38m
Level
Intermediate
Completed 0%
Reviews
★★★★
This course was adapted from a series of lectures on the history of Western philosophy, given by Leonard Peikoff to fans of Ayn Rand in the early 1970s. Peikoff holds that a knowledge of the...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Philosophy of Education

4 Lessons
6h 50m
Level
Intermediate
Completed 0%
Reviews
★★★★
This course presents an account of the philosophy of education from an Objectivist perspective, addressing such questions as: What is education? What is its basic purpose? What subjects should children be learning in school? How...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Objective Communication

10 Lessons
25h 6m
Level
Intermediate
Completed 0%
Reviews
★★★★
If you want to convey your thoughts clearly — in a report for work, a speech for school or a discussion with friends — this course offers valuable advice from an Objectivist perspective. Drawing on...
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Ayn Rand
Originator of the Philosophy of Objectivism

Philosophy: Who Needs It

1 Lesson
0h 36m
Level
Beginner
Completed 0%
Reviews
★★★★
What is philosophy — and how is it relevant to my life? Ayn Rand answered these questions in her address to the senior class of the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1974. Rand...
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Leonard Peikoff
Ayn Rand’s Foremost Student and Today’s Leading Expert on Objectivism

Objectivism: The State of the Art

8 Lessons
11h 29m
Level
Advanced
Completed 0%
Reviews
★★★★
This series of lectures was given by Leonard Peikoff in 1987, partway through the writing of his book Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand. The book is an edited version of Peikoff’s 1976 lecture course...
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Ayn Rand
Originator of the Philosophy of Objectivism

Introducing Objectivism

1 Lesson
0h 9m
Level
Beginner
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Reviews
★★★★
In 1962, Ayn Rand was invited to write a weekly column for the Los Angeles Times. Her first column was a brief introduction to her philosophy, Objectivism. In this short course, based on a recording...