My 2.5 hour video lecture on Objectivism, including its relation to Montessori education. The lecture is Part 12 of my Philosophy of Education course. Other “isms” in the series include Pragmatism, Behaviorism, Idealism, Realism, Existentialism, Marxism, and Postmodernism.
Value philosophy — Romanticism, Liberalism, Egoism:
Metaphysics and Epistemology:
"The Primacy of Existence" Consciousness as Relational Objectivity Empiricism Cognitive tabula rasa Francis Bacon's “Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed”
Ethics and social philosophy:
Individualism: self-responsible living and the virtues Egoism versus the false alternative of altruism or predation Optimism: philosophy and history
Ayn Rand on education:
The purpose of education Howard Roark’s expulsion as example Critique of mainstream education Rand on Montessori
Montessori practices and principles The compatibility of Objectivist philosophy and Montessori education
[Further reading: Ayn Rand, “The Comprachicos” (at ebookbrowse.net). Quotations from Rand on philosophy and education (pdf). Quotations from Maria Montessori on education (pdf). Montessori Education page.]
View all of Part 12 at YouTube.