Archive for August, 2010

TUE Sept 7 – Explore Atlas Shrugged Session 8

WHEN:
TUESDAY, September 7, 2010 7:00 PM

TOPIC:
Explore Atlas Shrugged  Session 8
Podcasts and  discussion questions on Ayn Rand’s epic novel Atlas Shrugged
We will discuss the questions.

READINGS:
Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Chapter 3 (Part B) – Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2: Chapter 3: White Blackmail (Part B)
Part 2: Chapter 4: The Sanction of Victim
Or:
Pages 438-495 in the larger Hardcover or Softcover
Pages 412-465 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 2: Chapter 3: White Blackmail
Section 4 (438-440)
– What kind of stress makes a person “vulnerable” to the destroyer? (439)

Section 5 (440-447)
– How is Ken Danagger changed when Dagny meets him?  Does she have any chance
of reversing his decision?  Why not? (443-7)

Section 6 (447-460)
– How does Hank Rearden respond to Ken Danagger’s quitting?  Why can’t he
blame or follow Danagger? (448-9)
– What is the basic point of Francisco’s interrogation of and then speech to
Rearden? What does Rearden learn from that? (451-6)
– Why does Francisco respond the way that he does to the break-out at the
mills?  How is that response contrary to his aims?  Why can’t Francisco
continue his conversation with Hank after that?  (456-60)
– Why does Hank Rearden risk his life to save Francisco during the break-out?
Is that altruistic? Why or why not? (458)

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

Part 2: Chapter 4: The Sanction of the Victim
Section 1 (461-475)
– How has Hank Rearden’s attitude toward and treatment of his family changed?
How — and why — has it remained the same?  (461-71)
– Why does Lillian barrage Hank with guilt? What does she want him to think,
feel, and do? What flaw does Hank see in that plan? (464-6)
– What does Philip say to offend Hank? How — and why — does Hank respond?
How is that moral progress for Hank? How does Philip (and the rest of his
family) respond to Hank? (467-70)
– Why does Eddie wish to disavow Hank Rearden’s trial as not being in his
name?  How does Hank respond? Why? (473)
– How — and why — does Hank have a more meaningful Thanksgiving with Dagny
than with his family?  (474-5)

Section 2: (475-484)
– What is Rearden’s basic strategy in the trial?  What moral principles does
he appeal to? To what extent is he successful?  What does he learn? (476-82)

Section 3 (484-495)
– How do people respond to the trial of Hank Rearden?  How do they reveal
their own moral principles in those responses?  (484-5)
– Why is Hank concerned by Francisco’s apparent pursuit of mindless pleasures,
particularly sex? What does Hank learn from the discussion?  How is sex
related to economics? (489-93)
– Why does Francisco refuse to prevent the sinking of the copper shipment?
Why is he tempted to do so? Why does Hank feel so betrayed?  Should he be?
(494-5)

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

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
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:
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.

SAT Aug 21 – Luck, Outliers and Objectivism

Note: if you want to prepare for the meeting,
read “Outliers”, by Malcolm Gladwell.

WHEN:
SATURDAY, August 21, 2010 7:00-7:30 PM Start Time

TOPIC:
Luck, Outliers and Objectivism
Based on
“Luck in the Pursuit of Life”
a course by Dr. Diana Hsieh
and
“Outliers, The Story of Success”
by Malcolm Gladwell

LEADER:
Jackie Hazelton

DISCUSSION:
Jackie will review what she learned in Dr. Diana Hsieh’s course “Luck in the
Pursuit of Life”, specifically how ideas about luck have affected ideas about
morality.  Gladwell’s book “Outliers” will be discussed.  Do you have to be
lucky to be an outlier?  Is Objectivism itself and outlier?  Rand’s ideas
about luck will be covered.

WHERE:
Jackie & Lyman Hazelton’s Home
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:
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.