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Philosophy: Who Needs It?

James Valliant, Don Watkins

Presented at: Discussing Ayn Rand's Essays

Date: Feb 03, 2021

“Now some of you might say, as many people do: ‘Aw, I never think in such abstract terms—I want to deal with concrete, particular, real-life problems—what do I need philosophy for?’ My answer is: In order to be able to deal with concrete, particular, real-life problems—i.e., in order to be able to live on earth.”
–Ayn Rand, Philosophy: Who Needs It?

In this essay, Ayn Rand takes the reader on a clarifying tour of philosophy, covering: what philosophy is, why philosophy is relevant (and for whom), what the basic branches of philosophy are, and more.

Join our discussion with James Valliant & Don Watkins, where we will explore this essay and discuss why Rand’s approach to philosophy is unique, compared to some prominent approaches to philosophy both within and outside academia.

Full essay is available here


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