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At our 2001 Summer Seminar Dr. David Ross offered this engaging overview of one of Ayn Rand's most important contributions to philosophy: the objective, subjective, intrinsic trichotomy. Objectivity is under attack from many directions today, but what is objectivity? And what viewpoints stand opposed to it?
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At our 1999 Summer Seminar David Kelley (at left) offered this inspiration analysis of the longstanding Objectivist theoretical debate over whether one should choose to live because life is a value, or whether life is a value because one chooses to live. Dr. Kelley lucidly unravels this philosophical puzzle and goes on to examine what this abstract issue means concretely in our actual lives as individuals. Dr.
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At our 1999 Summer Seminar David Kelley offered this inspiration analysis of the longstanding Objectivist theoretical debate over whether one should choose to live because life is a value, or whether life is a value because one chooses to live. Dr. Kelley lucidly unravels this philosophical puzzle and goes on to examine what this abstract issue means concretely in our actual lives as individuals. Dr. Kelley explores the importance to us of finding meaning in life and the dire consequences of losing it.
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Free will is a fundamental question in philosophy because it is the foundation of ethics. If man has no free choice in his actions then he does not need a moral code of how to choose his actions from a range of alternatives. In its broadest sense, the idea of free will centers on the question of "What is the place of the mind in nature?"   In Part 1 of this talk Dr.
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The Atlas Society’s founding commitment is to advance the philosophy of Objectivism in a spirit of intellectual toleration and openness to innovation. Our open Objectivism allows us to support scholarship and research that is innovative, questioning, and intellectually serious. On this page we highlight some of that work. 

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