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Culture And Society

Being Objective About the News

In the 2016 election, there was widespread concern about “fake news” and media bias. This talk explores the guidance Objectivist epistemology offers for being an objective consumer of the news. How do the requirements of integration and reduction help guide one's acceptance of the reports of others? How do we avoid uncritical reliance on the media without becoming skeptics of journalism as such? How do we avoid bias without abandoning concern for our values?
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#OCON2017 Online Prep: The Foundations of Knowledge

All six video lessons from Harry Binswanger’s 2016 course The Foundations of Knowledge are online, just in time for Objectivist Summer Conference 2017 in Pittsburgh June 10 – 15. That means attendees who are looking forward to his OCON 2017 course, Concepts and Propositions, will have an opportunity to view (or review) these context-setting lectures.
Culture And Society

Elan Journo on the Value of Reading Ayn Rand

In this episode of The Yaron Brook Show, Elan Journo explores the value of reading (and re-reading) the works of Ayn Rand by showing how her philosophy applies to various real life concretes such as the Southern Poverty Law Center’s journalist field guide to “anti-Muslim extremism,” communism in Fidel Castro’s Cuba and Poland’s abortion laws.

Further Reading

Ayn Rand | 1957
For the New Intellectual

The Moral Meaning of Capitalism

An industrialist who works for nothing but his own profit guiltlessly proclaims his refusal to be sacrificed for the “public good.”
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Ayn Rand | 1961
The Virtue of Selfishness

The Objectivist Ethics

What is morality? Why does man need it? — and how the answers to these questions give rise to an ethics of rational self-interest.
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