Welcome to Objective Standard Institute

Philosophy for Freedom and Flourishing

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.

“This conference was a rejuvenating and intellectually stimulating experience unlike anything I’ve ever encountered. If you told me the next conference would be held on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, I’d find a way to get there. I would swim through orca-infested, icy seas if I had to. That’s how much I loved this conference and how excited I am to attend the next one.” —Leisa

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

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

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


Ayn Rand’s Morality for Life, Liberty, and Happiness

with Craig Biddle

7.5 hours total | 5 sessions

Learn how Ayn Rand’s morality can help you think clearly, live fully, and defend freedom on solid ground.

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 and how to advance the ideas on which freedom depends.

How to ‘Read’ and Enjoy Paintings: 19th-Century Romanticism and Man’s Relation to Nature

with Luc Travers

6 hours total | 4 sessions

Learn how to “read” an artwork and enjoy paintings for all they’re worth.

The Virtue of Selfishness Reading Group

The Virtue of Selfishness Reading Group

with Angelica Walker-Werth

9 hours total | 6 sessions

Deep dive into the ground-breaking essays in Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness, and level up with “the morality of life.”


Philosophy for Flourishing

Philosophy for Flourishing, with 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, Robert Begley, and occasional guests, explores the lives and achievements of heroes who have shaped our world.

Innovation Celebration

Innovation Celebration, with Thomas and Angelica Walker-Werth, explores recent advancements in science and technology and how they contribute to human flourishing.

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.


LevelUp 2023

Excel in life. Fight for liberty.

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


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A Forum for Ideas about Flourishing

On Solid Ground 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.