... is the
guest speaker scheduled for the 127th meeting of the Karl Hess Club, to
convene on January 17, 2005.
John Hospers on "Rand and Her Circle"
This month we are extremely
pleased and honored to again welcome Dr. Hospers to our dais. This
time he will be giving the inaugural program of our 2005 season, the Theme
of which is "The Year of Ayn Rand," which will celebrate Rand's centenary.
Ayn Rand was born February 2,1905
in St. Petersburg, in what was then Czarist Russia. From time to
time throughout the year we will be presenting programs and speakers relating
in some way to Ayn Rand and objectivism.
Dr. Hospers will be discussing
Rand and her influence on the worlds of aesthetics, economics, literature
and politics from the perspective of one who is numbered among her circle
and who contributed to a mutually beneficial synthesis of ideas between
Later, of course, John Hospers
was a candidate for U.S. President on the newly minted Libertarian
Party ticket. We hope to explore how his influence on Rand's
thinking was expressed in her writings in the early part of the decade
of the 1960s, and also how Rand's ideas informed Dr. Hospers' eventual
decision to engage in electoral politics.
We are very fortunate to be able
to host Dr. Hospers this month as he has limited the number of his public
appearances. Please don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the company
of a true libertarian movement living legend.
John Hospers was the
first presidential candidate of the United States Libertarian Party, running
in the 1972 presidential election. He and his vice-presidential running
mate, Theodora Nathan, received one electoral vote from Roger MacBride,
a Republican elector from Virginia.
Following his unsuccessful presidential
campaign, Hospers also ran for governor of California as a Libertarian
in 1974. Hospers earned advanced degrees
from the University of Iowa and Columbia University and taught in the fields
of philosophy and aesthetics. Early in his career he taught philosophy
at Brooklyn College and at California State University, Los Angeles. He
is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California.
Hospers was an editor of Liberty
magazine. He endorsed George W. Bush for president in 2004.
From the Wikipedia.