To learn Objectivism–a particular philosophy–you must see it as addressing the questions of philosophy. To learn philosophy, you must understand its questions and why they arise. Neither of these tasks is easy, because the questions philosophy raises are abstract and difficult, and the answers offered are often intricate and subtle. This course provides training in identifying and evaluating arguments and aims to deepen your understanding of (i) some important philosophical questions and issues, and (ii) Objectivism’s perspective on them. This is the first instance of the Philosophical Skills course during the 2022-23 school year.
October 2022 – March 2023
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To learn Objectivism, which is the name of a particular philosophical system, Ayn Rand’s, you must see it as addressing the questions of philosophy, often in novel ways. To learn philosophy, you must understand the questions it asks and why they arise. Neither of these tasks is easy, in part because the questions philosophy raises are abstract and difficult, and because the answers offered to these questions are often intricate and subtle. This course provides training in the essentials of argument identification and evaluation and aims to give you a more first-handed understanding of (i) some important philosophical questions and issues, and (iii) Objectivism’s perspective on these questions and issues. This is the first instance of the Philosophical Skills course during the 2022-23 school year.
October 2022 – March 2023
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