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Ayn Rand Society for Individual Rights of Naples

Building a Society Based on the Moral Principle of Individual Rights
— The Rights of All At the Expense of None —

Choose the appropriate link below for your RSVP to our October supper. We would like to have your reply by September 28th so we have time to compile the rankings.

>>> As we will be using the discussion format for our next few suppers, please give us your ranking even if you do not know which, if any, suppers you will be able to attend.

Hopefully, when your click opens your email client you will see the choices in the body and you can indicate your ranking (1 - 5) by putting the number next to them: 1 = most interested.

We will give you a video link to the most popular no later than September 30th . This should give you enough time to watch it before our second discussion supper.

Objectivism is Radical (and Applying it Can Be Hard) - Yaron Brook

Ayn Rand called Objectivism “a philosophy for living on earth,” and she taught that the purpose of philosophy is to help you to have a more satisfying and productive life.
{Email choice = Radical & Hard}

The Moral and the Practical. - Onkar Ghate

A crucial error in ethics is to pit the moral against the practical. What are some of the sources of this error? What are some of its existential manifestations? What are some of its effects on thinking, including subtle ones? What, properly, is the relation of the moral to the practical? What is the place of this issue in ethics and in life? These are some of the topics this lecture will explore.
{Email choice = Moral v. Practical}

Man’s Life as the Standard of Value in the Ethics of Ayn Rand and Aristotle - Greg Salmieri

“Man’s life,” wrote Ayn Rand, “is the standard of morality.” It is Aristotle more than any other philosopher who stressed our need to look to identify and look to a standard in selecting our goals. And Aristotle was the first to identify the proper standard as the distinctly human form of life—a life of developing and exercising our rational faculties to their fullest.

Rand and Aristotle have importantly different views of what the human form of life is. Topics to be addressed include: why Aristotle endorsed slavery and Rand, freedom; why Aristotle demeaned material production and Rand lauded it; and what it means to establish a standard of value objectively.
{Email choice = Aristotle v. Rand}

The Politics of Pretend—and Its Impact on the Legal System. - Tara Smith

This lecture explains the way in which contemporary political culture undermines the pillars of an objective legal system. It demonstrates how, in addition to misguided premises and ideals, certain prevalent thinking habits are steadily eroding individual freedom.

By clarifying our grasp of the essentials of objective law and the stakes of chronically misguided political debates, we can gain a better understanding of how to engage in these debates most effectively.
{Email choice = Pretend Politics}

Heroes and Hero Worship – Andrew Bernstein

This lecture analyzes the nature of heroism and its vital role in human life. It defines “hero” and ”heroism,” Then, with no attempt at an exhaustive analysis, this lecture asks and partially answers the question by application of rational philosophic principles By rational standards, who are among the greatest heroes of mankind’s history?

Polemically, it identifies the philosophic foundations of contemporary anti-heroism—the tenets of modern philosophy that give rise to the modernist war on heroes, both in real life and in art. The talk shows how, and why, an attitude of unabashed hero worship—far from being a negative—provides inspiration vital to an individual’s self-actualization.
{Email choice = Heroes}

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The PURPOSE of the Ayn Rand Society for Individual Rights of Naples (ARSIRN) is to provide educational venues for studying the ideas underlying individual rights, particularly their moral foundation as first identified by Ayn Rand; to provide a social environment for like-minded individuals; and to raise funds for the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights (ARC)

ARSIRN's GOAL is to provide sufficient, on-going funding for ARC to make Naples a regular stop for speakers from the Ayn Rand Center and the Ayn Rand Institute.

The Society's STRATEGY is to reach out to the broader southwest Florida community through public events, including one major fund-raising event each year.

MEMBERSHIP in ARSIRN is open to all readers of Ayn Rand's fiction and/or nonfiction who are sympathetic to her views and wish to pursue their implications. To join with us just complete our support form.

NOTE: We are centered in Naples, Florida, deep in the southwest part of the state. We have members from Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Tampa and St. Pete . . . and welcome others — in spirit if not in body.

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Ayn Rand Society for Individual Rights of Naples
Suite 201
1048 Goodlette-Frank Road
Naples, FL 34102

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