Introducing Objectivism

Recommended course prerequisite: Philosophy: Who Needs It

In 1962, in answer to the question "Will you tell us briefly, what is Objectivism?" Ayn Rand recorded a short, 8-minute introduction to her philosophy. In this course you will learn Ayn Rand’s position on the nature of reality, the efficacy of human reason, the nature of man, and the ideal political system for man. A short quiz at the end of the course will allow you to check what you have learned about the essentials of Objectivism. If you are curious about the following questions, this course is the place to start:

  • What are the basic tenets of Objectivism?
  • What is the nature of reason?
  • What is man’s moral purpose in life?
  • Why is capitalism the ideal politico-economic system for man?
  • What is destroying capitalism?

To get the most from this course, it is recommended that you first complete the Philosophy: Who Needs It course.


Course video available on your mobile devices and tablets.

Note that user interactions are not accessible on mobile devices. So watching courses on your smart phone or tablet is possible – but you won’t get the full experience and some check marks will remain unchecked until completed on a personal computer.

  1. Course Overview
  2. Introduction by Ayn Rand
  3. Metaphysics: Reality
  4. Epistemology: Reason
  5. Ethics: Self-Interest
  6. Politics: Capitalism
  7. Altruism v. Capitalism
  8. Essence of Objectivism


"Philosophy: Who Needs It" in Philosophy: Who Needs It

— by Ayn Rand

In March 1974, Ayn Rand addressed the graduating class of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Her subject was the crucial importance of philosophy. In contrast to the widespread view that philosophy is an arcane subject fit only for coffee-shop debates, Rand argues that philosophy is an indispensible, practical science. Her answer to the implied question: "Who needs philosophy?" is: everyone.