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Objectivism Q&A with Onkar Ghate and Aaron Smith

In this episode of New Ideal Live, Onkar Ghate, Aaron Smith and Agustina Vergara Cid answer questions about Objectivism submitted by Objectivist Academic Center students and the audience.  

Among the topics covered:

  • Question 1: What is the value of being certain?
  • Question 2: Why should arbitrary hypotheses be rejected?
  • Question 3: How are knowledge and principles contextual, and how is this not pragmatism?
  • Question 4: What is the difference between Objectivism, absolutism and moral relativism?
  • Question 5: Does a man have a right to his own death?
  • Question 6: Why did Ayn Rand turn against Ronald Reagan?
  • Question 7: What does Ayn Rand mean by a “mystic”?

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This podcast was recorded on June 16, 2021. Listen to the discussion below. Listen and subscribe from your mobile device on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify or Stitcher. Watch archived podcasts here.

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Agustina Vergara Cid

Agustina Vergara Cid, LLB and LLM, is an associate fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and an opinion columnist at the Orange County Register.

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