For millennia, philosophers have puzzled over the problem of universals: How does our knowledge come to have its abstract character?  Our knowledge derives from objective reality outside of us, some have answered. So knowledge reflects an intrinsic fact of nature.  Our knowledge is created by us, some have replied. Because it is based on us, it is subjective.

In this webinar, recorded on March 12, 2012, Atlas Society Director of Programs William R Thomas discusses the problem of universals and the traditional dichotomy between intrinsicism and subjectivism. He discusses Ayn Rand's concept of the objective, showing how Rand's relational concept resolves the apparent contradiction.

Viewers will see that the idea of the objective is crucial for understanding how to approach issues of meaning and truth.

Format: 84 minutes total. 37 minute audio lecture with slide show, followed by 47 minutes of text and audio interactive question-and-answer.

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About The Author:

Author: William Thomas
William R Thomas writes about and teaches Objectivist ideas. He is the editor of The Literary Art of Ayn Rand and of Ethics at Work, both published by The Atlas Society. He is also an economist, teaching occasionally at a variety of universities.

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