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, practical philosophy.

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

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

Intellectual Accelerator Program

Your Path to a Career in Writing and Speaking

Do you want to help spread the ideas on which personal happiness, social harmony, and political freedom depend?

If so, OSI’s Intellectual Accelerator Program (IAP) may be a good fit for you.

The first cohort begins in September. Scholarships are available.

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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


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Keeping ideas connected to reality so they can serve our lives in reality.

On Solid Ground is the hub for content from OSI fellows and affiliates, along with announcements about OSI’s programs and events. Here, you’ll find links to our team’s articles, videos, and other materials published across various platforms. And you’ll discover opportunities to support and engage with our global community.

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


The Virtue of Selfishness Reading Group 2024

The Virtue of Selfishness Reading Group

with Martin Hooss and Thomas Walker-Werth

9 hours total | 6 sessions

beginning September 10, 2024

“The purpose of morality,” wrote Ayn Rand, “is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.” Is this true? If so, why? What does it mean for your life? And what does it mean for traditional morality?