This audio program discusses the meaning of the term "philosophical novel" and explains the essentials of the powerful combination of plot and ideas that make Atlas Shrugged a remarkable achievement. It concludes with an overview of the fundamental ideas of Ayn Rand's philosophy and the three-groups-to-two overall plot structure of the novel. (Originally presented at The Atlas Society's 2006 Summer Seminar. The first of a six-part series.)
- The Greatest Philosophical Novel?
A. Why write a philosophical novel?
B. The artistic challenge of a philosophical novel.
C. Ayn Rand's method in overview
- The Philosophy of Atlas Shrugged in Overview
A. Objectivism on one foot
B. Five ideas distinctive to Rand and Atlas
- Rand's Integration of Plot and Ideas
A. Looters, Producers, and Strikers
B. Plot Overview
Part 1. Non-contradiction
Part 2. Either-Or
Part 3. A is A
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 2: Producers vs. Looters and Parasites
Part 3: Reason vs. Anti-Reason
Part 4: The Pursuit of Happiness
Part 5: The Unity of Mind and Body
Part 6: Trade vs. Power