Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, "The Objectivist Ethics", Ayn Rand (1961))
Ayn Rand was a writer and philosopher during the mid 1900s. She used her book, "The Virtue of Selfishness" as a way to illustrate her philosophy of Objectivism. The objective of this lesson is to understand Objectivism and draw inferences regarding her writing before reading.
1) Give a brief lecture on Ayn Rand and her philosophical theory of Objectivism. Tell the students that Objectivism is a system of belief that values the individual over the collective society. Rand believed in human existence as being the core of her philosophy.
2) Have students engage in a full class discussion on Rand's theory of objectivism. What exactly does it mean to value the individual over the collective society? How is Rand's theory different from the theories of religion and sociology in today's world? What is the relevance of Rand placing human existence at the core of her philosophy? Explain...
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