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The point of learning philosophy is to make oneself, others, and reality comprehensible. A set of philosophical principlesbasic truths arrived at empirically and logicallyenable one to live effectively and happily. They enable one to make judgments that are in service of ones life and well being (the ethics of rational self-interest).
Presently, the adult world is floundering in many respects on account of an absence of such integration of fundamental principles. The new intellectuals will be those who want a better life for themselves and others. Regardless of their chosen career, they will bring the same astounding advances to the humanities that the physical sciences (both theoretical and applied) have brought to high-tech fields in recent times.
As Ayn Rand noted, philosophy can be divided into five conceptual branches:
In this program discussions and debates will delve extensively into all these branches. Since the branches are interconnected, all will inevitably be covered in detail.
An historical overview of the discipline of philosophy is necessary. It will allow us to put modern day views into proper perspective. The arguments and counterarguments that have been passed down through the centuries need to be inspected. With this in mind, topics covered will include (but not be limited to) those found below. A short description is provided with each.
Undoubtedly other subjects will be covered in the process of exploring these areas. Students are always free to offer new topics and devise new learning methods both in and outside the group. Articles from magazines, the Web, newspapers, etc., can also be valuable tools to stimulate discussion and gain greater understanding.
Additionally, the writing of essays and doing research certainly assists in becoming more articulate and critical-minded. Although such activities will never be required, any students deciding to explore a particular subject on their own and write or speak about it will have the support of and get feedback from the teacher (and fellow students).
The ability of a teacher to remain flexible in both subject matter and teaching methodwhile still maintaining a definite context and not losing track of essentialsis very key to an exceptional learning process.
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