"I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I am not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason…." Ayn Rand

 Reason is a 10-part video lecture series by David Kelley and William R Thomas. It is the first course published by Atlas University , a new educational venture launched by The Atlas Society. Reason presents the essentials of the Objectivist view of knowledge. It explains why reason is an absolute; why emotions are not tools of cognition, despite their psychological importance; and why mysticism is a cognitive dead-end. It presents Ayn Rand’s innovative theory of concepts and objectivity, including the role of sense-perception, logic, and axioms, as well as the nature of certainty.  The course shows why a rational approach to life is a vital human need.

David Kelley begins the course by discussing the nature of reason as a cognitive faculty distinct from the perceptual abilities humans share with other animals. Looking back through history, he illustrates the extraordinary power of reason in human life, as well as the issues philosophers have raised about the validity of reason.

(Note: This video is best viewed in high-definition (HD).  In the lower right of the video screen the letters HD are displayed in blue to indicate hi-def mode is on. If your computer is older and doesn't support HD, attempting to view the video in HD will cause the audio to seem out of sync with the speaker. In this case, de-select HD by clicking on it so it turns grey.)

Next > Lecture 2: What is reason? The conceptual faculty


David Kelley

About The Author:

Author: David Kelley
David Kelley is the founder of The Atlas Society. A professional philosopher, teacher, and best-selling author, he has been a leading proponent of Objectivism for more than 25 years.
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