Lecture 1. The Role of Philosophy. What is philosophy?—The historical role of reason—The bankruptcy of today's culture—Objectivism—Objectivism vs. subjectivism.
Philosophy 101: The Basic Theories You Should Know. Philosophy is a broad and complex subject, encompassing an enormous amount of sub-disciplines. For example, while moral philosophy is concerned with what’s right, epistemology focuses on the nature of knowledge. Metaphysics, on the other hand, deals with determining what exists. Basics of Analytic Philosophy 1. Philosophy addresses questions which are usually big, important, and are the intellectual leftovers – questions that we don’t yet have complete methods for answering in any other academic discipline. (A specific version: does an all-powerful, all-knowing, perfectly.
For ten years—from 1958 to 1968— Nathaniel Branden's lectures on 'Basic Principles of Objectivism' were given at Nathaniel Branden Institute in New York City and, via tape transcription, to groups in over eighty cities throughout the United States and abroad. More than 35,000 students attended these lectures.
'Basic Principles of Objectivism' is a detailed, 20-lecture, systematic exposition of the philosophy defined by Ayn Rand and introduced in her novels, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. The lectures are devoted to a presentation of Rand's philosophy—and to Mr. Branden's application of objectivism to his own field, psychology. Special emphasis is given to the concepts of human nature, mental health and personal development. The entirety of 'Basic Principles' will be published online this year, and will be available in iTunes.