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Also today I posted questions from Introduction of the book

http://forum.objecti...363#entry336226

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INTRODUCTION TO “THE POWER AND THE GLORY”

(PART 1)

Questions

Q1. Which non-fiction category book belongs to? What is it about?

( Just give key terms and their importance. Further details can be deferred to A4. on scope )

Q2. Who are the intended audience, and what can they expect in this book?

Q3. What is the purpose of this book?

Q4. What is the scope of this book?

Q5. What was the procedure employed by the writer to write this book?

Q6. What is the theme of this book?

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Today I posted answers to questions I had posted on Tuesday, 9th june as part preparatory. Sharing sample here. All answers can be viewed in the link.

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Q6. What is the theme of this book?

Ans: The theme is to understand how success is achieved in dissemination of ideas. That is through commitment to develop the position on ideas, and through persistent effort to advance these ideas. That is, the power of debaters is in understanding the ideas, and glory lies in disseminating these ideas.

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Continuing preparatory studies, today I posted second set of questions. These also will be answered later this week.

Originals are posted here :-

http://forum.objectivismonline.com/index.php?showtopic=28363#entry336363

INTRODUCTION TO “THE POWER AND THE GLORY”

(PART 2)

Questions

Q7. In current context, why does the writer think its necessary to define key terms like reason?

Q8. Briefly explain reason, as it is described here?

Q9. Briefly explain faith, as it is described here?

Q10. How does structure of philosophy help writer and reader?

Q11. Summarize each branch of philosophy with brief description?

Q12. How can studying references at later point of time be useful? What is the nature of these references?

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Today I posted answers to questions I had posted on Tuesday, 16th june as part preparatory. Sharing sample here. All answers can be viewed in the link.

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Q7. In current context, why does the writer think its necessary to define key terms like reason?

Ans: The term like reason refers to idea. However, if we look at the history of that idea, we see that its terms have changed from logos, to ratio, to raison etc. And more importantly, the debater's interpretation of the idea varies. However, there has to be one meaning in reality that should be used as a standard. Then the position of debaters can be compared against this standard. This method of comparison thus offers continuity across debaters of same idea. And thus the definition acts as a standard, making it easier to abstract relevant elements in position.

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The main study-group is just 1 week away....

Continuing preparatory studies, today I posted final set of preparatory questions. These also will be answered later this week.

Originals are posted here :- http://forum.objectivismonline.com/index.php?showtopic=28363#entry336481

THE POWER AND THE GLORY

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Questions

Q1. What information does “Acknowledgments” here give about the nature of book?

Q2. What role did various other individuals play in this book?

Q3. Who reviewed the Ayn Rand chapter?

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SCHEDULE

START WEEK - Monday, 29th June, 2015.
END WEEK - Monday, 2nd August, 2015.

Week 1

YEARS IN RUSSIA

Monday, 29th June - Sunday, 5th July

- Russia in Turmoil
- Philosophical Studies
(Pg 217-222)

Week 2

INITIAL YEARS IN AMERICA, TILL THE PUBLICATION OF "THE FOUNTAINHEAD"

Monday, 6th July - Sunday, 12th July

- America – Free to write
- An ideal man, a man of reason
(Pg 222-228)

Week 3

FROM RECEPTION OF "THE FOUNTAINHEAD", TO THE RECEPTION OF "ATLAS SHRUGGED"

Monday, 13th July - Sunday, 19th July

- (Contd..) An ideal man, a man of reason
- The final novel
(Pg 228-233)

Week 4

NON FICTION WRITINGS AND INTELLECTUAL ACTIVISM (PART 1)
(Works other than Epistemology)

Monday, 20th July - Sunday, 26th July

- Changing vehicles
- A Philosopher's provisional summary
- Opening and Closing channels
- Branch Books
(Pg 233-241)

Week 5

NON FICTION WRITINGS AND INTELLECTUAL ACTIVISM (PART 2)
(Mainly work related to Epistemology)

Monday, 27th July - Sunday, 2nd August

- A Definition of Reason
- Shifting Gears
- Reason as Integration
(Pg 241-245)

Week 6

REVIEW, SUMMARY, AND FUTURE STUDIES

Monday, 29th June, 2015.

I have framed 48 Questions which I will split across 5 weeks. Participants can answer all or some of those questions. Of course, participants are free to study by summarizing, outlining, or chewing sections of their choice from the text under study for that week.

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