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.

TOS-Con 2021 features Cal Newport, Gloria Alvarez, Doug McGuff, Isaac Morehouse, Rajshree Agarwal, and more. Check out the developing lineup for the most life-enhancing conference of the year!


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


Intro to Ayn Rand

Introduction to Ayn Rand’s Philosophy for Loving Life

with Craig Biddle

6 hours total  |  4 sessions

Learn the principles of Objectivism and how they can help you think more clearly, excel in life, and maximize your happiness.

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).

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Advanced Writing Workshop: Lead People to Liberty

with Jon Hersey

6 hours total  |  4 sessions

In this workshop, you will conceive, develop, and complete an article advocating or defending freedom and submit it to a publication of your choosing.

Entrepreneurial Living: How to Profit in Business and Life

with Tim Chermak

6 hours total  |  4 sessions

Learn to think like an entrepreneur, make lots of money, and live life on your terms—all while knowing that doing so is morally good.


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.