Welcome to Objective Standard Institute

Philosophy for Life, Liberty, and Happiness

If you want to live your life to the fullest, OSI is for you. It’s about the basic means to that end: rational, fact-based philosophy.

Our courses, podcasts, and conferences will sharpen your mind and transform your life.

Level up with OSI. It’s time to thrive.


OSI’s courses help you think more clearly, live more fully, and defend freedom more effectively


OSI’s podcasts provide a constant stream of ideas, strategies, and tactics for success and happiness


OSI’s conferences sharpen your mind, fuel your soul, and connect you with others who live to thrive


How to Write Powerfully in Defense of Liberty

with Jon Hersey

6 hours total  |  4 sessions

Learn a step-by-step method for writing clear, compelling articles in defense of freedom (and for getting published in outlets such as The Objective Standard).

Ayn Rand’s Place in the History of Philosophy

with Andrew Bernstein

6 hours total  |  4 sessions

Survey important ideas in the history of philosophy, Ayn Rand’s key contributions to the subject, and the essentials of her philosophy for living on earth.

The History and Philosophy of Liberty in America

with Eric Daniels

12 hours total  |  8 sessions

Learn the ideas and events that gave rise to the freest country in history, why America was exceptional but is now in decline, and how to advance the ideas on which freedom depends.

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Henry Hazlitt Meets Ayn Rand: Economics and Objectivism, United for Freedom

with Raymond Niles

12 hours total  |  8 sessions

Integrate the basic principles of economics with those of Objectivism and become an intellectual powerhouse in the fight for freedom and capitalism.


Philosophy for Flourishing

Philosophy for Flourishing, with Craig Biddle, Jon Hersey, and occasional guests, explores principles and practices for living the happiest, most fulfilling life possible.

The Hero Show

The Hero Show, with Andrew Bernstein, Jon Hersey, and occasional guests, explores the lives and achievements of heroes who have shaped our world.

Culture and Causation

Culture and Causation, with Aaron Briley and guests, explores social and cultural issues, including race relations, conditions in American cities, and ways to improve our world.


TOS-Con 2021: Philosophy for Freedom and Flourishing

Sharpen your mind. Fuel your soul. Excel in life. Fight for liberty.

If these are your goals, this conference is for you.

Boston Marriott, Newton, MA  |  July 21–24


A Forum for Ideas about Flourishing

Level Up is OSI’s community blog for sharing life-serving values with life-loving people.

We invite you to submit your own posts, engage in the discussions, and enjoy a constant stream of great ideas for living a wonderful life.

Level up with OSI. It’s time to thrive.