Podcast #14: Explore Atlas Shrugged, Session 2

 Posted by on 13 October 2009 at 2:00 am  Podcasts
Oct 132009
 

For Monday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I posted a preview of my podcast and study questions for “Explore Atlas Shrugged, Session 2.”

The online version of Explore Atlas Shrugged – meaning, all 20 sessions of podcasts and study questions, plus other resources – can be purchased for just $20. The written materials are also available from Amazon in paperback and kindle formats, and purchasers of those editions pay just $10 for access to the podcasts. For more information, including previews of other sessions, visit Explore Atlas Shrugged.

Session 2 of Explore Atlas Shrugged covers:

  • Part 1: Chapter 4: The Immovable Movers
  • Part 1: Chapter 5: The Climax of the d’Anconias


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Note: The pagination of the hardcover, softcover, and kindle editions differs from that of the small mass market paperback. The study questions cite only the pagination from the larger editions. I don’t recommend using the mass market paperback.

Part 1: Chapter 4: Immovable Movers

Section 1 (64-69)

On his return from an unsatisfying meeting with United Locomotive Works, Eddie Willers informs Dagny Taggart of Dick McNamara’s sudden retirement. That evening, Dagny walks through the streets of New York City, seeking greatness but finding only degradation. She returns home to listen to the music of Richard Halley, reflecting on the story of his struggle, success, and disappearance. In the newspaper, she reads that Francisco d’Anconia has returned to the city.

Core Questions

  • Why does Dagny seek to be a passive spectator of greatness? Why is that so important to her? What does she find instead? (65-6)
  • What is the story of composer Richard Halley? Why is that significant? What does Dagny experience through his music? (67-8)

Extra Questions

  • Why is motive power so important to Taggart Transcontinental? Why is movement needed to keep the Taggart Building immovable? (64)
  • Why is Dagny so angered by the sight of the machinery rotted due to neglect? What does that mean to her? (64)
  • How and why is McNamara’s retirement significant to Dagny and Eddie? Does it matter to them beyond merely the building of the Rio Norte Line? (64-5)
  • What are the common themes in the art (and the people) that Dagny sees on the streets? How does that contrast with the music of Richard Halley? (66-8)
  • What is the news about Francisco d’Anconia? How does Dagny react to it? (69)

Section 2 (70-72)

Jim Taggart and Betty Pope arise in mutual contempt after a night together. Jim receives a phone call informing him that the Mexican government has nationalized the San Sebastián Mines and Line.

Core Questions

  • How do Jim and Betty feel about and treat each other? What does that reveal about their characters and values? (70-2)
  • How does Jim plan to make Dagny “a little easier to manage”? How and why does his mood change upon thinking about that? (71-2)

Extra Questions

  • Why does Betty think that Dagny is unfeminine? Is she right or wrong? (71)
  • Given the news about the nationalization of the San Sebastián Mines and Line, will Jim be able to put his plan for Dagny into action? (71-2)
  • Is the news from Mexico truly “a bolt out of the blue”? Why does the caller use that excuse? (72)

Section 3 (72)

Jim Taggart speaks to the board of Taggart Transcontinental, reassuring them about the nationalization of the San Sebastián Line.

Core Question

  • How and why does Jim spin the nationalization of the San Sebastián Line to the board? Why do they accept it? (72)

Extra Question

  • Will Taggart Transcontinental receive “full and just compensation” for the San Sebastián Line as Jim claims? Why or why not? Do they deserve it? (72)


About Explore Atlas Shrugged

Explore Atlas Shrugged is a series of 20 sessions of podcasts and study questions by me, philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh. Each session covers about 65 pages of the novel, organized chapter-by-chapter and section-by-section. The podcasts are an in-depth look at the events, characters, and ideas from that portion of the novel. The whole series contains over 22 hours of lively and engaging discussion in podcast form. The study questions will help you better understand the novel on your own – or help you lead an engaging reading group. The series includes over 1400 questions, organized into “core” and “extra” categories.

You can preview the full series of podcasts and questions, as well as purchase access for just $20, here: Explore Atlas Shrugged. You can also purchase the series below.

Also, the written materials are available from Amazon in paperback and kindle formats, and purchasers of those editions pay just $10 for access to the podcasts.


Purchase Explore Atlas Shrugged

Access to the online version of Explore Atlas Shrugged costs just $20. It’s half off – just $10 – for purchasers of the paperback and kindle editions of the book version. Also, if you contribute to Philosophy in Action’s Tip Jar via recurring weekly or monthly contributions (or the equivalent), please email me for free access.

Terms of Sale: (1) You may share the podcasts with members of your household, but not beyond that. (2) You may share the study questions with members of your household, as well as with participants in your online or in-person Atlas Shrugged Reading Group. (3) Do not ever post the podcasts or study questions in any public forum.

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Praise for Explore Atlas Shrugged

The response to Explore Atlas Shrugged has been overwhelmingly positive, including the following remarks:

I require students to read Atlas Shrugged in my introductory economics class. Dr. Hsieh’s Explore Atlas Shrugged podcasts were an essential tool to help communicate the novel’s lesson and hold effective class discussion. Do not attempt to teach the book without consulting the podcasts first!

— Bailey Norwood, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University

And:

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Diana – our GLO Atlas Reading Group is going so very well. We have about 12-13 people attending, and it is truly the most fun we’ve had in a long time. So much rewarding fun comes out of your ideas and organization. Can’t thank you enough for your efforts!!!

And:

I just wanted to send you a quick note and thank you for your efforts on Explore Atlas Shrugged. As part of the Charm City Objectivists Society we used your questions and podcast to help kick off our reading group yesterday for session one. We had epiphanies all around the table from someone who is a firm student of Objectivism to a person who had read Atlas Shrugged but is new to Objectivism. I know that neither Ray (our moderator) or myself could have undertaken this kind of thing without the wonderful resource you have created. You have helped me make a difference in my community and I thank you for it.

And:

The other day, I began listening to your Explore Atlas Shrugged podcasts. I have read and listened to the book several times, but it has been admittedly too long since the last time. Although I can not adequately express how much experiencing your podcasts has meant to me and the extent to which they have reinvigorated me, I did want to thank you…Thank you.


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Oct 102009
 

For Friday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I posted a podcast on “Design Arguments for the Existence of God, Part 1.” That podcast is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast: 9 October 2009

Does the complexity and orderliness of the universe prove God’s existence? Yes, according to Design Arguments for the existence of God. Here, I explain two versions of that argument – Thomas Aquinas’ Teleological Argument and the Fine Tuning Argument – both of which appeal to the regularity of the cosmos.

This podcast is part of ReligionCasts – my series of podcasts on the philosophy of religion.

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Topics:

  • About Design Arguments
  • Two notes on Design Arguments
  • Two strains of Design Arguments
  • Aquinas’ Teleological Argument
  • The Fine Tuning Argument

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Podcast #12: Explore Atlas Shrugged, Session 1

 Posted by on 7 October 2009 at 3:00 pm  Podcasts
Oct 072009
 

For Monday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I posted a preview of my podcast and study questions for “Explore Atlas Shrugged, Session 1.”

The online version of Explore Atlas Shrugged – meaning, all 20 sessions of podcasts and study questions, plus other resources – can be purchased for just $20. The written materials are also available from Amazon in paperback and kindle formats, and purchasers of those editions pay just $10 for access to the podcasts. For more information, including previews of other sessions, visit Explore Atlas Shrugged.

Session 1 of Explore Atlas Shrugged covers:

  • Part 1: Chapter 1: The Theme
  • Part 1: Chapter 2: The Chain
  • Part 1: Chapter 3: The Top and the Bottom


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Preview the Study Questions

Note: The pagination of the hardcover, softcover, and kindle editions differs from that of the small mass market paperback. The study questions cite only the pagination from the larger editions. I don’t recommend using the mass market paperback.

Part 1: Chapter 1: The Theme

Section 1 (3-12)

Eddie Willers walks through the streets of New York City to Taggart Transcontinental. There, he meets with its president Jim Taggart about the poor state of the track on the Rio Norte Line. Eddie speaks with Pop Harper.

Core Questions

  • What is the state of the world? What is Eddie’s response to it? How is that world similar to and different from the world of today? (3-6, 11-2)
  • What does Eddie want to communicate to Jim in this meeting? What are the results – and why? (7-11)
  • What is the story of Ellis Wyatt? What is Eddie’s view of him? How and why does that differ from Jim’s view? (9-10)

Extra Questions

  • What kind of person is Eddie Willers? What are his distinctive qualities? (3-12)
  • What does the question “Who is John Galt?” seem to mean? (3, 12)
  • What do Eddie’s recollections of the destruction of the oak tree reveal about him? How does that incident reflect the state of the world around him, including Taggart Transcontinental? (5, 6)
  • As children, how do Eddie and Dagny Taggart differ in their understanding of “the best within us”? What is Eddie’s view of morality? (6)
  • What kind of person is Jim Taggart? What are his distinctive qualities? (7-11)
  • How does Jim manage problems on Taggart Transcontinental? How is Eddie’s approach different? Are those differences morally significant – and, if so, how and why? (7-11)
  • How do Eddie and Jim differ in their styles of communication? How and why does the conversation end? (7-11)
  • What does Eddie’s conversation with Pop Harper reveal about the state of mind of ordinary people? (12)

Section 2 (12-17)

Dagny Taggart returns to New York City on the Taggart Comet after inspecting the Rio Norte Line. On the way, she hears the brakeman whistling a seemingly new concerto by composer Richard Halley. The train is halted by a faulty switch and then restarted by Dagny’s efforts.

Core Questions

  • What does Dagny think and feel while listening to the whistling of the brakeman? What does that reveal about her character and values? (13-4)
  • How does Dagny’s response to the stalled train differ from that of the crew? What qualities of character does she exhibit? What does that contrast suggest about the state of Taggart Transcontinental – and the wider culture? (15-7)

Extra Questions

  • What kind of person is Dagny Taggart? What are her distinctive qualities? (12-7)
  • Why is Dagny puzzled by her conversation with the brakeman? How does she attempt to extract information from him? (14)
  • Why is the train crew surprised to find Dagny seated in a day coach car? Why wouldn’t Jim Taggart have done the same? (17)
  • What is Dagny’s attitude toward her work? How does that contrast with Jim Taggart’s attitude? (14, 15-7, 7-11)
  • What does Dagny think of Owen Kellogg? Why does she want to promote him, albeit only reluctantly? What does that reveal about the economy? (17)

Section 3 (17-18)

Dagny Taggart enters the Taggart Terminal in the Comet.

Core Question

  • What is Dagny’s emotional response upon entering the Taggart Terminal? How does she feel about her work? Is that unusual? Is it desirable? (17-8)

Section 4 (18-26)

Dagny Taggart meets with Jim Taggart, informing him that the rail for the Rio Norte Line will be made of a new alloy: Rearden Metal. Dagny learns that Richard Halley has written no new concertos. Owen Kellogg resigns for inexplicable reasons.

Core Questions

  • Why does Dagny want rail made of Rearden Metal for the Rio Norte Line? How and why does Jim oppose her? (18-24)
  • What principles and concerns motivate Jim in this meeting? How does that affect his business decisions? What is Dagny’s response? (18-24)
  • Why does Jim tell Dagny that she is without feelings? How does Dagny respond? Why does she respond that way? (23-4)

Extra Questions

  • How and why do Dagny’s methods of decision-making and communication differ from those of Jim in this meeting? What do those differences reveal about each of them? (18-24)
  • Does Dagny understand Jim well? Why or why not? (18-24)
  • What is Jim’s response to Dagny’s claim that the Mexican government will soon nationalize the San Sebastián Line? What does that reveal about him? (22)
  • What does Dagny discover about the possibility of a fifth concerto by Richard Halley? Why is that notable? (24)
  • Why is Dagny so surprised by Owen Kellogg’s resignation? (24-6)

Whole Chapter (3-26)

  • What is the significance of the title of this chapter, “The Theme”? (3-26)


About Explore Atlas Shrugged

Explore Atlas Shrugged is a series of 20 sessions of podcasts and study questions by me, philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh. Each session covers about 65 pages of the novel, organized chapter-by-chapter and section-by-section. The podcasts are an in-depth look at the events, characters, and ideas from that portion of the novel. The whole series contains over 22 hours of lively and engaging discussion in podcast form. The study questions will help you better understand the novel on your own – or help you lead an engaging reading group. The series includes over 1400 questions, organized into “core” and “extra” categories.

You can preview the full series of podcasts and questions, as well as purchase access for just $20, here: Explore Atlas Shrugged. You can also purchase the series below.

Also, the written materials are available from Amazon in paperback and kindle formats, and purchasers of those editions pay just $10 for access to the podcasts.


Purchase Explore Atlas Shrugged

Access to the online version of Explore Atlas Shrugged costs just $20. It’s half off – just $10 – for purchasers of the paperback and kindle editions of the book version. Also, if you contribute to Philosophy in Action’s Tip Jar via recurring weekly or monthly contributions (or the equivalent), please email me for free access.

Terms of Sale: (1) You may share the podcasts with members of your household, but not beyond that. (2) You may share the study questions with members of your household, as well as with participants in your online or in-person Atlas Shrugged Reading Group. (3) Do not ever post the podcasts or study questions in any public forum.

Name:
Email:
Items:Course: Explore Atlas Shrugged ($20)
Course: Explore Atlas Shrugged (Half Price Discount) ($10)
Note: This half-price discount is only available to purchasers of a paperback or kindle edition of Explore Atlas Shrugged. Please email me a screenshot or picture as proof.
 


Praise for Explore Atlas Shrugged

The response to Explore Atlas Shrugged has been overwhelmingly positive, including the following remarks:

I require students to read Atlas Shrugged in my introductory economics class. Dr. Hsieh’s Explore Atlas Shrugged podcasts were an essential tool to help communicate the novel’s lesson and hold effective class discussion. Do not attempt to teach the book without consulting the podcasts first!

— Bailey Norwood, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University

And:

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Diana – our GLO Atlas Reading Group is going so very well. We have about 12-13 people attending, and it is truly the most fun we’ve had in a long time. So much rewarding fun comes out of your ideas and organization. Can’t thank you enough for your efforts!!!

And:

I just wanted to send you a quick note and thank you for your efforts on Explore Atlas Shrugged. As part of the Charm City Objectivists Society we used your questions and podcast to help kick off our reading group yesterday for session one. We had epiphanies all around the table from someone who is a firm student of Objectivism to a person who had read Atlas Shrugged but is new to Objectivism. I know that neither Ray (our moderator) or myself could have undertaken this kind of thing without the wonderful resource you have created. You have helped me make a difference in my community and I thank you for it.

And:

The other day, I began listening to your Explore Atlas Shrugged podcasts. I have read and listened to the book several times, but it has been admittedly too long since the last time. Although I can not adequately express how much experiencing your podcasts has meant to me and the extent to which they have reinvigorated me, I did want to thank you…Thank you.


About Philosophy in Action Radio

Philosophy in Action Radio focuses on the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. It broadcasts live on most Sunday mornings and many Thursday evenings over the internet. For information on upcoming shows, visit the Episodes on Tap. For podcasts of past shows, visit the Show Archives.

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Oct 022009
 

For Friday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I posted a podcast on “The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God.” That podcast is now available for streaming or downloading.

Remember, you can automatically download podcasts of Philosophy in Action Radio by subscribing to Philosophy in Action’s Podcast RSS Feed:


Podcast: 2 October 2009

Does God’s perfection entail his existence? Via his Ontological Argument, Anselm of Canterbury, argues that it does. Here, we consider the argument and the decisive objections against it.

This podcast is part of ReligionCasts – my series of podcasts on the philosophy of religion.

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Topics:

  • The Ontological Argument, in summary
  • Anselm’s Ontological Argument
  • The formal argument
  • Notes on the argument
  • Objection #1 by Gaulino: The problem of the perfect island
  • Objection #2 by Aquinas: Imagined versus real existence
  • Objection #3 by Kant: Existence is not a property
  • Summary

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Podcast #10: The Rules of Property Owners

 Posted by on 29 September 2009 at 1:00 pm  Podcasts
Sep 292009
 

For Tuesday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I posted a podcast on “The Rules of Property Owners.” That podcast is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast: 29 September 2009

I answer two questions on whether people are obliged to respect the rules of property owners to the letter.

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Topics:

  • The context
  • Question 1: Is it wrong to sneak food into a venue that prohibits outside food?
  • My answer: Yes
  • Question 2: Was the guard wrong to allow an obvious violation of the rules?
  • My answer: That depends on his reasons

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Sep 252009
 

For Friday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I posted a podcast on “Cosmological Arguments for the Existence of God, Part 2.” That podcast is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast: 25 September 2009

Did God create the universe? Is his existence required to explain how and why something exists, rather than nothing? The Cosmological Argument for the existence of God says “Yes.” Here, we consider six objections to three variants of that argument – the First Cause Argument, the Temporal First Cause Argument, and the Sustaining First Cause Argument.

This podcast is part of ReligionCasts – my series of podcasts on the philosophy of religion.

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Topics:

  • Review of the Cosmological Arguments
  • Objection #1: The cause need not be God
  • Objection #2: Cosmological Arguments push the mystery one step back
  • Objection #3: Cosmological Arguments depend on the fallacy of composition
  • Objection #4: Cosmological Arguments are mistaken quests for a cause of universe
  • Objection #5: First Cause Arguments depend on confusions about infinity
  • Objection #6: The Necessary Cause Argument depends on a problematic distinction between necessary and contingent
  • Summary

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Sep 242009
 

On Wednesday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I interviewed writer and editor Craig Biddle about “Egoism and Altruism in American Culture.” The podcast of that episode is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast: 23 September 2009

I interview Craig Biddle about egoism and altruism in American culture and politics, based on his new article “The Creed of Sacrifice vs. The Land of Liberty.”

Craig Biddle is the editor of The Objective Standard and the author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It, a highly concretized, systematic introduction to Ayn Rand’s ethics. He is currently writing a book, which is tentatively titled Thinking in Principles: The Science of Selfishness, about how to use one’s mind in the service of one’s life, liberty, and happiness.

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Topics:

  • The basic thesis of the article
  • Egoism versus altruism
  • The ethics of altruism in our culture today
  • The problem with voluntary altruism
  • Altruism versus freedom
  • The arguments for altruism
  • Obstacles to considering egoism
  • Christian advocates of free markets

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Philosophy in Action Radio focuses on the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. It broadcasts live on most Sunday mornings and many Thursday evenings over the internet. For information on upcoming shows, visit the Episodes on Tap. For podcasts of past shows, visit the Show Archives.

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Podcast #7: Choosing a Career

 Posted by on 22 September 2009 at 9:00 pm  Podcasts
Sep 222009
 

For Tuesday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I posted a podcast on “Choosing a Career.” That podcast is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast: 22 September 2009

I answer two similar questions from college students on how to choose a career from amongst their wide variety of interests.

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Topics:

  • The two questions
  • The need for a central purpose
  • The error of a “calling”
  • How to determine your best career in three steps

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Sep 182009
 

For Friday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I posted a podcast on “Cosmological Arguments for the Existence of God, Part 1.” That podcast is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast: 18 September 2009

Did God create the universe? Is his existence required to explain how and why something exists, rather than nothing? The Cosmological Argument for the existence of God answers “Yes” to both of these questions. Here, I present three variants of that argument – the First Cause Argument, the Temporal First Cause Argument, and the Sustaining First Cause Argument.

This podcast is part of ReligionCasts – my series of podcasts on the philosophy of religion.

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Topics:

  • About Cosmological Arguments
  • Temporal First Cause Argument
  • Sustaining First Cause Argument
  • Necessary Cause Argument
  • How to develop objections

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The mission of Philosophy in Action is to spread rational principles for real life… far and wide. That’s why the vast majority of my work is available to anyone, free of charge. I love doing the radio show, but each episode requires an investment of time, effort, and money to produce. So if you enjoy and value that work of mine, please contribute to the tip jar. I suggest $5 per episode or $20 per month, but any amount is appreciated. In return, contributors can request that I answer questions from the queue pronto, and regular contributors enjoy free access to premium content and other goodies.


About Philosophy in Action Radio

Philosophy in Action Radio focuses on the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. It broadcasts live on most Sunday mornings and many Thursday evenings over the internet. For information on upcoming shows, visit the Episodes on Tap. For podcasts of past shows, visit the Show Archives.

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Sep 152009
 

For Tuesday’s episode of Philosophy in Action Radio, I posted a podcast on “Accepting an Inheritance and Objectionable Work.” That podcast is now available for streaming or downloading.

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Podcast: 15 September 2009

I answer two questions – one on the morality of accepting an inheritance and another on a moral conflict about doing agreed-upon work when that promotes Islam on the anniversary of 9/11.

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  • The morality of accepting an inheritance
  • The morality of doing work due to prior agreement, despite personal objections

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