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Friday, June 20 • 9:30am - 10:30am
The Sanction of the Victim

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The central plot device in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is the strike of the producers led by John Galt. And the essential purpose of the strike is to withdraw the sanction of the victim. What exactly does that sanction involve? What is the purpose of withdrawing it? David Kelley will discuss the meaning of this core idea in the novel. He will contrast Galt’s strike with labor strikes, and with other forms of organized protest such as Gandhi’s passive resistance, as well as explaining the philosophical basis of the idea. The talk is intended to provide insight into the forthcoming Atlas Shrugged Part III, the final installment of the film adaptation.


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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... Read More →

Friday June 20, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Great Room Manchester Country Club

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