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Seminar in Ayn Rand’s Political Philosophy
This six-part course will explore Ayn Rand’s political philosophy, by reading and discussing several of her key essays. Before each session, students will be expected to complete a reading and to respond briefly to some discussion questions. Students’ answers will serve as a point of departure for the live sessions.

The course is taught by Onkar Ghate and Gregory Salmieri, two of the leading scholars of Rand’s corpus and advocates of her philosophy.

1. The Basic Principle of Political Philosophy: Individual Rights (Oct. 16)
2. Government as the Means of Securing Individual Rights (Oct. 18)
3. The Moral Foundations of Capitalism (Oct. 23)
4. The Objectivity of the Free Market (Oct. 25)
5. A Deeper Look at Property Rights (Oct. 30)
6. Intellectual Freedom and the Right to Disagree (Nov. 1)

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Oct 23, 2018 3:30 PM
Oct 25, 2018 3:30 PM
Oct 30, 2018 3:30 PM
Nov 1, 2018 3:30 PM
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Onkar Ghate
Chief Content Officer and Senior Fellow @Ayn Rand Institute
Onkar Ghate, Ph.D. in philosophy, is a senior fellow and chief content officer at the Ayn Rand Institute. A contributing author to many books on Rand’s ideas and philosophy, he is a senior editor of New Ideal.
Gregory Salmieri
Philosophy Fellow @Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship
Dr. Salmieri teaches philosophy at Rutgers University and is a fellow at the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship. He is co-editor of A Companion to Ayn Rand (Wiley, 2016) and of Foundations of a Free Society: Ayn Rand’s Political Philosophy (University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming). He is also editor of Knowing and Coming to Know: Essays on Aristotle’s Epistemology (University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming) and of various articles on ancient philosophy.