Political Thinkers: Ayn Rand

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We'll continue the "Political Thinkers" series. It critically examines the political and ideological viewpoints of prominent public intellectuals, both current and from the past.

Here, the goal is to discuss fresh viewpoints -- some of which might be "unconventional" in nature -- in analyzing its applicability in our ever-increasingly complex society. Just like every issue that our group discusses, we examine and evaluate it with an independent and critical lens, at the highest level of intellectual rigor.

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For this discussion, we'll evaluate the life and legacy of Ayn Rand. We'll explore the following:

▨ The highlights of her career as an author and public intellectual.

▨ The development of Rand's philosophy of "Objectivism." A discussion on the Objectivist positions on metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics.

▨ Rand's influence in the modern political movements and public intellectuals.

For those that want to get some exposure to Ayn Rand's idea prior to the meetup, here are some suggested readings. These are all on the website of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), which is an organization dedicated to spreading and advocating Ayn Rand's ideas.

The first (Philosophy: Who Needs It) is a talk given to West Point cadets in which Rand describes the need for philosophy in general as inescapable and then offers a brief summary of her own philosophy. The second (Man's Rights) is an essay on Rand's view of rights. The third (The Metaphysical Versus the Man-Made) is the most advanced of the three and covers not just metaphysics, but also epistemology and ethics.

Reading these three is not mandatory, but it is encouraged if you want to get the most out of this meetup.

Philosophy: Who Needs It
https://courses.aynra... (PWNI)

Man's Rights
https://courses.aynra...

The Metaphysical versus the Man-Made
https://courses.aynra...

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Previous "Political Thinkers" series:

▨ Frederick Douglass (February 16, 2020): https://www.meetup.co...

▨ Ta-Nehisi Coates (August 17, 2019): https://www.meetup.co...

▨ Steve Bannon and Andrew Breitbart (July 27, 2019): https://www.meetup.co...

▨ Noam Chomsky (April 13, 2019): https://www.meetup.co...

▨ Milton Friedman (Feb. 23, 2019): https://www.meetup.co...

▨ Christopher Hitchens (Jan. 12, 2019): https://www.meetup.co...

▨ Jordon Peterson (May 26, 2018): https://www.meetup.co...

▨ Sam Harris and Reza Azlan (April 21, 2018): https://www.meetup.co...

▨ Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro, Linda Sarsour, Cenk Uygur (Feb. 10, 2018): https://www.meetup.co...

New York, NY - USA

Sunday, January 3 at 1:00 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/269133706/