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Concept Formation (Part I)

This lesson focuses on what concepts are. Binswanger discusses the historical problem of “universals” and the traditional alternative solutions to it: realism and nominalism. He then explains Ayn Rand’s groundbreaking solution to the problem—one that involves an original conception of abstraction, of the nature of similarity, and of the role of measurement in cognition.

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Harry Binswanger
Harry Binswanger

Harry Binswanger is the author of How We Know and is coeditor of the second edition of Ayn Rand’s Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology. He serves on the Ayn Rand Institute’s board of directors.

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