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Metaphysical Value-Judgments and Their Role in Art

Gary Hull

Presented at: Lyceum Euro 1997

Date: May 30, 1997

In Atlas Shrugged, what premise motivates Dagny's comment to Galt: "We never had to take any of it seriously, did we?" In The Fountainhead, why doesn't Dominique want a career? Why do some people opt to hoard money for retirement rather than pursue a business dream––while others take calculated risks to make their values a reality? Each of these concretes is caused by certain metaphysical value-judgments. This three-hour course explains the essence of such judgments, and the crucial role they play in all areas of one's life, from one's attitude toward justice to one's enjoyment of everyday activities. The course includes an explanation of how art concretizes metaphysical value-judgments, and of the role these judgments play in one's personal response to art.


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