"I am not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason...."
This 10-part video lecture series by David Kelley and William R Thomas 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.
In this conversation, William R Thomas and David Kelley discuss the importance of definitions, a key area of emphasis of the Objectivist conceptual theory. The conversation is based on the video lecture "The Conceptual Faculty " by Will Thomas.
That lecture is the third in the course "Reason," offered by Atlas University , our online educational program. We invite you to join the conversation by leaving your questions or comments in the space below the video. Where appropriate, David or Will will respond.
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As against the claims of determinism, volition, or free will, is an inescapable fact of human nature and an integral part of our rational faculty. In this video presentation Will Thomas discusses three aspects of human volition: self-awareness, perceptual attention, and conceptual focus. Objectivism holds that the root of volition is the choice to think or not. Thomas explains how this choice allows us control over our thoughts, lives, and actions; and why the failure to think, the evasion of the facts, lies at the root of human dysfunction and evil. (This is Lecture 3 in our Atlas University Reason course .)
Read Article : Volition: The Choice to Think