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.

“This conference was a rejuvenating and intellectually stimulating experience unlike anything I’ve ever encountered. If you told me the next TOS-Con would be held on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, I’d find a way to get there.” —Leisa


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


The History and Philosophy of Liberty in America

Get More Enjoyment from Great Literature

with Andrew Bernstein

6 hours total  |  4 sessions

Gain a deeper understanding of the elements of literature, and enjoy a richer appreciation of this vital art for the rest of your life.

Workshop on “Forbidden Facts”

with Craig Biddle

6 hours total  |  4 sessions

Join me for a workshop analyzing and evaluating my book in progress, “Forbidden Facts: Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know.”

Introduction to Ayn Rand’s Philosophy for Loving Life

with Craig Biddle

6 hours total  |  4 sessions

Learn the basic principles of Objectivism, with a special emphasis on Ayn Rand’s method of objectivity and how it can help you think more clearly, excel in life, and maximize your happiness.

The Art of Finding and Creating Opportunity

with Hannah Frankman

6 hours total  |  4 sessions

Learn to see the world as an abundance of opportunity, build skills to capitalize on it, and develop your own roadmap for living the life you want.


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.

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.

Innovation Celebration

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


TOS-Con 2022: 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.


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.