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The Problem of Universals: Failed Attempts and Ayn Rand’s Solution

Gary Hull

Presented at: Ayn Rand Comes to Harvard 1996

Venue: unspecified venue –– Cambridge MA

Date: Sep 19, 1996

Dr. Gary Hull, Objectivist scholar and philosophy professor, presents a concise history of the philosophic problem of universals, one of the main issues in the theory of knowledge. Although this topic is more complicated than others, Dr. Hull’s lecture can be understood by anybody. Dr. Hull shows the two main historical viewpoints of universals, including Plato’s and Aristotle’s attempts at the problem, and how Ayn Rand’s theory solves the problem once and for all. (85 min. + 65 min. Q&A)

history of philosophyepistemology

Parts: 1

Handout: none


  • VHS, 1997 (En) - 150 mins - exact publication date and source unknown. Rumored to be video.