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Contrary to common belief, philosophy is not a useless field for academics in an ivory tower, detached from reality. Approached rationally, its principles are the indispensable foundation and practical toolset for navigating the complexities of life on earth. In this series, we explore important philosophical issues, offering answers to life's big questions, and contemporary controversies, from the perspective of Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism.

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Contrary to common belief, philosophy is not a useless field for academics in an ivory tower, detached from reality. Approached rationally, its principles are the indispensable foundation and practical toolset for navigating the complexities of life on earth. In this series, we explore important philosophical issues, offering answers to life's big questions, and contemporary controversies, from the perspective of Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism.

    The Role of Government During a Health Crisis with Onkar Ghate and Greg Salmieri

    The Role of Government During a Health Crisis with Onkar Ghate and Greg Salmieri

    Governments are taking unprecedented measures to restrict travel and shut down businesses in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Politicians are justifying these measures by invoking emergency, even wartime, powers. What is the proper role of government during a health crisis like this one? What values should guide us in thinking about proper policy in regard to life and death issues, especially in an individualistic society?

    Join us for another special episode of Philosophy for Living on Earth to get clarity on these questions. Onkar Ghate and Gregory Salmieri will join us and add their perspective.

    • 1 hr 32 min
    The Pandemic and the Economy with Yaron Brook and Rob Tarr

    The Pandemic and the Economy with Yaron Brook and Rob Tarr

    With the stock market now crashing and many people facing unemployment in the wake of the ongoing pandemic, governments are reacting with a variety allegedly aimed at stabilizing the markets and promoting economic security.

    What effects will these measures have on the economy? Will they address the root causes of the crash or might they aggravate the situation further?

    In this special episode of Philosophy for Living on Earth, finance and economics specialists Yaron Brook and Rob Tarr join us to answer these questions from a rational perspective.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Is There a Rational Morality? by Ben Bayer

    Is There a Rational Morality? by Ben Bayer

    Most people think about morality as a set of commandments handed down by a god. Others believe we can get moral guidance by consulting our own feelings of sympathy for the needs and desires of other people.

    Are these the only two options? Does morality have to be based on faith in a higher dimension or on feelings for others on Earth?

    Those who believe morality is based on either faith or feelings assume there can be no rational basis for morality. Is that true? Are there no observable facts by which we can decide what’s the right and wrong way to live?

    Join Ben Bayer and explore the question: Is there a rational morality?

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Thinking Philosophically About the Pandemic with Onkar Ghate and Gregory Salmieri

    Thinking Philosophically About the Pandemic with Onkar Ghate and Gregory Salmieri

    The COVID-19 pandemic and the responses to it from both business and government are now dominating the headlines and overwhelming our lives. As we all begin to grapple with the wide-ranging effects of both the disease and the steps being taken to fight it, there’s a need to take a step back and survey the situation with a philosophic eye.

    This week is a special episode of Philosophy for Living on Earth. Onkar Ghate and Greg Salmieri discuss how philosophy can help guide our thinking about the impact of the pandemic on our lives, our economy, and about our government’s response to it.

    • 1 hr 30 min
    What Drives History? by Keith Lockitch

    What Drives History? by Keith Lockitch

    What explains the major developments and trends that have shaped our world through the ages? Human history is complex and, obviously, there are many factors involved. And some of the questions raised are these: Is there a fundamental cause that explains the big picture? Is there an ultimate cause that directs the overall sweep of history?

    Ayn Rand, the iconic American novelist and philosopher, argues that there is. In her view, the primary force that drives history is philosophy—the basic philosophic ideas that shape people’s beliefs and values and, therefore, their choices and actions.

    Join Keith Lockitch and explore the question: What drives history?

    • 1 hr 2 min
    What Should Society Do About The Poor? by Aaron Smith

    What Should Society Do About The Poor? by Aaron Smith

    Most people believe that society has a moral obligation toward its poor and its needy—and that something must be done, politically, to help them.

    Is this the right way to think about the poor and society? Are these issues for the whole of society to decide? Are they political problems that need to have imposed political solutions? How would one think about issues surrounding the poor, handicapped or needy from a more individualist perspective rather than a collectivist perspective?

    Join Aaron Smith in examining the question: What should society do about the poor?

    • 1 hr

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