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TUES Jun 1 – Explore Atlas Shrugged Session 6

WHEN:
TUESDAY, June 1, 2010 7:00 PM

TOPIC:
Explore Atlas Shrugged  Session 6
Podcasts and ┬ádiscussion questions on Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged
We will discuss the questions.

READINGS:
Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Chapter 10 (Part B) – Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 1: Chapter 10: Wyatt’s Torch (Sections 5-9)
Part 2: Chapter 1: The Man Who Belonged on Earth
Or:
Pages 309-378 in the larger Hardcover or Softcover
Pages 294-358 in the smaller Mass Market Paperback

AUTHOR:
http://www.exploreaynrand.com/1957/
These discussion questions and podcast were prepared by Diana Hsieh for
ExploreAtlasShrugged.com for people interested in creating their own Atlas
Shrugged Reading Groups, as well as for anyone wishing to study the novel in
more depth. They may be freely used for the study and discussion of Atlas
Shrugged, provided that this paragraph remains intact in any reproduction.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
The listed page numbers are for the larger edition, softcover or hardback.

Part 1: Chapter 10: Wyatt’s Torch
Section Five: 309-13
– What do we discover about Eugene Lawson in the course of his conversation
with Dagny Taggart? What did he seek and gain from the needy people to whom
he granted loans, if not wealth? (309-13)

Section Six: 313-21
– How are Lee Hunsacker and Midas Mulligan different? How and why do they
clash? Are the two men morally different? If so, how? (313-21)

Section Seven: 321-24
– What was the basic scheme for the Twentieth Century Motor Company
implemented by the Starnes heirs? Why does Dagny think that it is pure evil?
(323)
– What was Ivy Starnes’ philosophy when she inherited the Twentieth Century
Motor Company? What is it now? Why did she change as she did? (323)

Section Eight: 324-27
– How is Mrs. Hastings different from everyone else that Dagny has
interviewed? Why is that important? (324-7)

Section Nine: 327-36
– What is so puzzling about Dr. Akston’s meeting with Dagny? What conclusions
can she draw from it, if any?
– What is the Fair Share Law? What is its basic premise? Why was it passed?
(333) How will it kill Colorado?
– Why does Ellis Wyatt rebel against the Fair Share Law as he does? How has he
fulfilled his earlier promise to Dagny? How does Wyatt’s action affect Dagny?
(333-6)

Whole Chapter
– What is the significance of the title of this chapter?

Whole Part
– What is the significance of the title of this part?

Part 2: Chapter 1: The Man Who Belonged on Earth
Section 1: 339-49
– How has the state of the world changed since the end of Part 1? How has it
declined?
– Why does Dr. Stadler want to meet with Dr. Ferris? Why won’t Stadler do
anything about the book? How is this choice similar to and different from the
choice Stadler made about Rearden Metal? (342-8)

Section 2: 349-60
– What was the effect of the elimination of Wyatt Oil from the market?
(349-50) Are large producers a boon to small ones?
– What is the effect of the Fair Share Law on Taggart Transcontinental? Why is
Taggart Transcontinental making more money than ever? What is Jim’s response?
(352)
– Why does Dagny feel greater revulsion at Dr. Stadler than Jim or Orren
Boyle? (353) Is he worse than the others? Why or why not — and how?
– What does Dr. Stadler want from Dagny? What does she give him? Is she right
to do so? (354-60)
– Why does Dr. Stadler want to see the motor? How and why does he almost
redeem himself? (358-9)

Section 3: 360-7
– Why does Rearden refuse to sell any Rearden Metal to the State Science
Institute? What does he suggest they do instead? Why? (360, 365-6)
– How has the Fair Share law affected Rearden’s business? Why? (361-2)
– What danger does Rearden feel on hearing the news of Wyatt’s departure from
the world? What is his response? Is that right or not? (363)
– What moral insight does Rearden’s conversation with the representative of
the State Science Institute reveal? What does he now understand? (366-7)

Section 4: 367-78
– How has Hank’s view of his relationship with Dagny changed? How is that
reflected in his actions toward her? (367-78) Why does Dagny think that she
can help Hank win his deliverance from guilt, but that she cannot do so by
words? (367)
– What does Hank discover about the looter’s desire for sanction? How is it
important? Why should they withhold that sanction? (377-8)
Whole Chapter
– What is the significance of the title of this chapter?

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
2153 E. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282
480-921-1156
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(c) 480-516-3281 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net

RSVP:
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BRING:
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TUES: Ten Philosophical Mistakes

WHEN:
TUESDAY, March 3, 2009 6:30 PM

TOPIC:
Ten Philosophical Mistakes
by Mortimer J. Adler
Chapter 3 Words and Meanings

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
Ten Philosophical Mistakes is about basic errors in modern thought-how they
came about, their consequences, and how to avoid them. Each month, we will
discuss one of the ten mistakes, what it is and how it relates to
Objectivism. Does Objectivism make the mistake or solve the mistake?
The leader will summarize the chapter and lead the discussion.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
2153 E. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282
480-921-1156
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

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BRING:
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TUES: Ten Philosophical Mistakes

WHEN:
TUESDAY, January 6, 2009 6:30 PM

TOPIC:
Ten Philosophical Mistakes
by Mortimer J. Adler
Chapter 1 Consciousness and Its Objects

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
Ten Philosophical Mistakes is about basic errors in modern thought-how they
came about, their consequences, and how to avoid them. Each month, we will
discuss one of the ten mistakes, what it is and how it relates to
Objectivism. Does Objectivism make the mistake or solve the mistake?
The leader will summarize the chapter and lead the discussion.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
2153 E. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282
480-921-1156
Use http://www.mapquest.com/ to get directions from your location.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
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TUES: Business Ethics and Objectivism Part 3

WHEN:
TUESDAY, December 2, 2008 6:30 PM

TOPIC:
Business Ethics and Objectivism
Lecture 3: Outline of an Objectivist Theory
Audio CD of William Kline with ppt slides
Advanced Morning Course from the 2007 Summer Seminar
We will listen to the CD and discuss.

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
What is business ethics? The answer to this question may appear to change
with the issue under scrutiny. Ethics in Globalization, CEO pay, diversity,
wages, and the environment all seem to demand a case by case analysis. This
3-lecture course critically examines the two main theories of business ethics
Stakeholder theory and Stockholder theory and then offers an Objectivist
theory of business ethics as a superior alternative.

OUTLINE:
An Objectivist Theory
I. Description of an Objectivist Business Ethics
A. Self-Interest, Rights and Human Flourishing
B. Excerpts from the writings of Ayn Rand
II. Origins of the Theory
A. Aristotle
B. Deficiencies in moral defenses of capitalism
III. Problems for the Objectivist Approach
A. Limits of self-interest
B. Conception of highest moral characters as portrayed in Rand’s novels

BIO:
William Kline is the president and co-founder of the Center for Liberty
Studies. This fall, he started as an assistant professor in Liberal Studies
at the University of Illinois, Springfield. Dr. Kline holds a PH.D. in
Philosophy from Bowling Green State University and was a professor at Molloy
College and Central Michigan University.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

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BRING:
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TUES: Business Ethics and Objectivism Lecture 1: Stakeholder Theory

WHEN:
TUESDAY, October 7, 2008 6:30 PM

TOPIC:
Business Ethics and Objectivism
Lecture 1: Stakeholder Theory
Audio CD of William Kline with ppt slides
Advanced Morning Course from the 2007 Summer Seminar
We will listen to the CD and discuss.

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
What is business ethics? The answer to this question may appear to change
with the issue under scrutiny. Ethics in Globalization, CEO pay, diversity,
wages, and the environment all seem to demand a case by case analysis. This
3-lecture course critically examines the two main theories of business ethics
Stakeholder theory and Stockholder theory and then offers an Objectivist
theory of business ethics as a superior alternative.

OUTLINE:
Stakeholder Theory
I. Description of Stakeholder Theory
A. Based on demographic conception of business
B. Fair representation of each stakeholder as highest moral goal.
II. Origins of Stakeholder Theory
A. Perceived problems with stakeholder theory and capitalism
B. Kant or Utilitarian theory
III. Problems
A. Replaces business decision making with political decision making
B. Lack of clear rights causes conflict

BIO:
William Kline is the president and co-founder of the Center for Liberty
Studies. This fall, he started as an assistant professor in Liberal Studies
at the University of Illinois, Springfield. Dr. Kline holds a PH.D. in
Philosophy from Bowling Green State University and was a professor at Molloy
College and Central Michigan University.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

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BRING:
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Tues: Perennial Questions of Objectivism: Free Will Vs. Determinism

WHEN:
TUESDAY, September 2, 2008 6:30 PM

TOPIC:
Perennial Questions of Objectivism
Tape 5: Free Will vs Determinism
Audio Tape of David Kelley at the 2001 Summer Seminar
We will listen to and then discuss the tape.

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
From the time that Ayn Rand first set forth Objectivism as a philosophical
system, a small set of perennial questions have occupied the attention of
people with an intellectual interest in Objectivism. How is free will
compatible with the law of causality? Can all values be grounded in
survival-literal existence or non-existence-or must we introduce flourishing
as the ultimate moral goal? Is it possible to prove that it is always in our
interest to respect the rights of others? Such questions occupy the vast bulk
of discussion time on internet discussion lists, college bull sessions, and
other forums. In this six-unit course, David Kelley will discuss one question
per day. His goal is not to provide definitive answers, but to analyze why
these questions have proved so difficult for Objectivists. He will define the
issue, summarize arguments for the alternative views, and indicate what sort
of additional evidence or analysis would be required to resolve the issue.
Currently the executive director of the Center, Dr. Kelley has taught
philosophy at Vassar College and Brandeis University.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

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BRING:
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Tues: Perennial Questions of Objectivism: Survival vs Flourishing

WHEN:
TUESDAY, August 5, 2008 6:30 PM

TOPIC:
Perennial Questions of Objectivism
Tape 3: Survival vs Flourishing
Audio Tape of David Kelley at the 2001 Summer Seminar
We will listen to and then discuss the tape.

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DESCRIPTION:
From the time that Ayn Rand first set forth Objectivism as a philosophical
system, a small set of perennial questions have occupied the attention of
people with an intellectual interest in Objectivism. How is free will
compatible with the law of causality? Can all values be grounded in
survival-literal existence or non-existence-or must we introduce flourishing
as the ultimate moral goal? Is it possible to prove that it is always in our
interest to respect the rights of others? Such questions occupy the vast bulk
of discussion time on internet discussion lists, college bull sessions, and
other forums. In this six-unit course, David Kelley will discuss one question
per day. His goal is not to provide definitive answers, but to analyze why
these questions have proved so difficult for Objectivists. He will define the
issue, summarize arguments for the alternative views, and indicate what sort
of additional evidence or analysis would be required to resolve the issue.
Currently the executive director of the Center, Dr. Kelley has taught
philosophy at Vassar College and Brandeis University.

QUESTIONS:
Jackie Hazelton
(w) 480-693-4175 (h) 480-921-1156
(e) AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net
Jim Kirk
(e) JAMTKIRK_at_aol_dot_com

RSVP:
Reply to this message to AZObjectivists_at_cox_dot_net or
Call Jackie Hazelton at 480-921-1156

BRING:
Snacks or beverage to share or a monetary donation.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Tuesday, June 3, 2008; 6:30 PM

Leader: Jackie Hazelton
Topic: Perennial Questions of Objectivism: Tape 4: Government vs Anarchy;
Audio Tape of David Kelley at the 2001 Summer Seminar

(from the Summer Seminar brochure) From the time that Ayn Rand first set forth Objectivism as a philosophical system, a small set of perennial questions have occupied the attention of
people with an intellectual interest in Objectivism. How is free will
compatible with the law of causality? Can all values be grounded in
survival-literal existence or non-existence-or must we introduce flourishing
as the ultimate moral goal? Is it possible to prove that it is always in our
interest to respect the rights of others? Such questions occupy the vast bulk
of discussion time on internet discussion lists, college bull sessions, and
other forums. In this six-unit course, David Kelley will discuss one question
per day. His goal is not to provide definitive answers, but to analyze why
these questions have proved so difficult for Objectivists. He will define the
issue, summarize arguments for the alternative views, and indicate what sort
of additional evidence or analysis would be required to resolve the issue.