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Thursday, June 19 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Intermediate Course 2: Why Liberty? Objectivism versus Libertarianism

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Part 2 of  the Thursday, June 19, Objectivist Education Program Intermediate Course

Objectivism is libertarian in its politics, but it recognizes individual rights as having a particular basis in human nature and the needs of the individual. In this session, David Kelley, Shawn E. Klein, and William R Thomas will discuss the differences between the ways Objectivists and other libertarians argue for liberty. Thomas will contrast Objectivism and the arguments of utilitarian economists. Kelley will discuss the arguments put forward by Friedrich Hayek. And Klein will compare Objectivism to the views of “bleeding heart” libertarians focused on the poor and suffering.

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David Kelley

Chief Intellectual Officer, The Atlas Society
David Kelley is the founder and Chief Intellectual Officer of The Atlas Society. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College, where he remained until 1984. He has also taught at Brandeis University as a visiting lecturer. Among his books are Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand; The Evidence of the Senses, a... Read More →
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Shawn Klein

Rockford University
Shawn Klein teaches philosophy at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from Arizona State University.
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William R. Thomas

Director of Programs / CFO, The Atlas Society
William R. Thomas is Director of Programs and CFO of The Atlas Society. He is also Lecturer in Economics at the University at Albany. He holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. | | Thomas is the editor of Ethics at Work (2016) and of The Literary Art of Ayn Rand (2005, 2nd edition 2014), and he is author of Radical for Capitalism. He is the primary contributor to the best-selling Myths About Ayn Rand. He is also... Read More →

Thursday June 19, 2014 10:45am - 12:00pm
Loft North Manchester Country Club

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