This audio program addresses Rand's conception of happiness as an end in itself, including differences in her formulations of that end; and the moral right of the individual to live for himself, against the altruistic creed of self-denial and self-sacrifice.
Covers the following:
- The principle: Moral individualism
- Plot implementation: Rearden's victimization and the producer's strike
- Characterization: Francisco D'Anconia vs. Lillian Rearden
- Clearest statement of the theme: The story of Starnesville
- Buried riches: A surprisingly complex moral goal
DOWNLOAD: Accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
Note: This audio program is the second in a 6-part series, "Atlas Shrugged as a Philosophical Novel," presented at The Atlas Society's 2006 Summer Seminar. The other programs in the series are:
Part 1: Atlas Shrugged as a Philosophical Thriller
Part 2: Producers vs. Looters and Parasites
Part 3: Reason vs. Anti-Reason
Part 5: The Unity of Mind and Body
Part 6: Trade vs. Power