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Two, Three, Four and All That

Pat Corvini

Presented at: OCON 2007

Date: Jul 06, 2007

The concept of number as used in science today is one of man's greatest achievements: a grand-scale integration capping centuries of effort and enabling a vastly expanded efficacy in all areas of life. But the growth in complexity of the number system has rendered the meaning of number ever more mysterious; number is seen both as a touchstone of certainty and as an arbitrary human construct whose applicability to the real world is a deep mystery. This is because the nature of number has not been properly identified; and as Ayn Rand pointed out, that imprecision is dangerous.

This course clarifies the meaning of "number" by examining it in the light of Miss Rand's theory of concepts. Recognizing the objectivity of number provides a new framework for resolving both historical and modern debates, and yields a heightened appreciation for the science of mathematics as a whole—further reinforcing the value of Objectivist epistemology.

A follow-on course was presented at OCON 2008


Parts: 3

Handout: none


  • e-Store, 2012 (En) - 269 mins
  • CD, 2007 (En) - 269 mins - 6 CD set with Q&A