Reason

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

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 Atlas University conversation David Kelley and William R Thomas discuss key ideas in the latter's video lecture on Reason and Emotions , which is Lecture 6 in our online Reason course. He covers the traditional view of the conflict between reason and emotion, the Objectivist view of the nature of emotions, Ayn Rand's view that emotions are not tools of cognition, and what emotions are tools of.     spiderID=3723
September 28, 2013 -- In this 30-minute presentation, philosopher and author David Kelley covers the essentials of the Objectivist view of metaphysical objectivity: the axiomatic concepts of existence, identity, causality, and consciousness, and their implication: the primacy of existence.  This video is the fourth lecture in the Atlas University course "Reason."   >  Related: Objective reality: an Atlas University conversation (video)   spiderID=3473
May 13, 2014 -- Why do many philosophers deny the existence of objective reality? In this conversation David Kelley and William R Thomas discuss axioms and anti-objectivity. This conversation is based on Lecture 4, Objective Reality, part of our online Reason course. Cited in the discussion: The Logical Structure of Objectivism.   ABOUT ATLAS UNIVERSITY: Atlas University offers courses on Objectivism, the philosophy Ayn Rand founded, presented by scholars who are experts in the philosophy. Atlas University is a project of the Atlas Society, which promotes Objectivism in life and thought. ASK A PHILOSOPHER Do you have a question about what you just viewed or about Objectivism generally?  Click here to...
In this conversation, William R Thomas and David Kelley discuss free will and determinism. The conversation is based on the video lecture " Volition: The Choice to Think " by Thomas. That lecture is the third in the course "Reason," offered by Atlas University , our online educational program.
In this video presentation, philosopher and economics professor William R Thomas turns our attention to the relation between reason and our emotions. He covers the traditional view of the conflict between reason and emotion, the Objectivist view of the nature of emotions, Ayn Rand's view that emotions are not tools of cognition, and what emotions are tools of. This video is Lecture 6 in the multi-part Reason course.   RelatedAtlas University conversations: Reason and Emotions                                    spiderID=3532
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