Objectivism Through Ayn Rand's Fiction (Q1-Q2)

Lead Faculty
Onkar Ghate

$1,000.00

Ayn Rand’s major novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, are self-consciously philosophical novels, containing abstract themes, characters driven by opposing moral principles, and conflicts rooted in clashing worldviews. And more than that, Rand’s fictional heroes discover and embody new philosophical ideas, original to Rand. To begin to understand Rand’s distinctive worldview and to learn her new philosophy, Objectivism, there is no better place to start than with careful consideration of the content and meaning of her novels. Participants should have read all four of Ayn Rand’s major fiction works before starting this course. This is the first instance of the Objectivism Through Ayn Rand’s Fiction offered during the 2022-23 school year.

October 2022 – March 2023

Prequisite Reading: Anthem, We the Living, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged

Or

Tuesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 am Pacific Time

Live Class

October 4, 2022

Start Date

Lead Faculty

open

Registration

100

Level

q1, q2

Quarter

Other Faculty

Description

We the Living, Anthem, The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged — these novels are brimming with new ideas and new perspectives on life. If you have been inspired by Ayn Rand and now want to learn more about her ideas, it’s likely because you have first read one of these novels.

To begin to understand Rand’s distinctive worldview and to learn her new philosophy, Objectivism, there is no better place to start that with the study of these works. Her novels are self-consciously philosophical works, containing abstract themes, characters driven by opposing moral principles, and conflicts rooted in clashing worldviews. Spending the time to analyze these, to understanding the characters’ inner and outer conflicts and the opposition they face from elements within their wider society, sheds enormous light on Rand’s own ideas.

This is what we will do in the course. We will examine some of the heroes and villains in her novels from the perspective of their basic ideas, values, motivations and goals in life. We will consider especially how Rand’s new ideas in morality – about what is good and evil – shape her stories and convey to you, the reader, how a radically different way of life from the one we’ve been traditionally presented with is both possible and desirable. Rand’s novels convey new ways of looking at an impressively wide range of subjects, from love and sex, to pride and selfishness, to work and joy, to honesty and integrity, to faith and reason. To explore these is to explore Rand’s own worldview.

Rand held that art, particularly literature, was indispensable in depicting a moral ideal, her own new moral ideal emphatically included. Through examining Rand’s fiction we will learn about her new vision of the ideal.

This is the first instance of “Objectivism Through Ayn Rand’s Fiction” offered during the 2022-23 school year.

October 2022 – March 2023

Prequisite Reading: Anthem, We the Living, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged

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