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

OSI Reading Group: The Fountainhead

with Andrew Bernstein

24 hours total  |  16 sessions

Join Dr. Andrew Bernstein for The Fountainhead Reading Group, featuring weekly sessions of detailed analysis of Ayn Rand’s most inspiring novel.

Teaching Objectivism with the Principle of Purpose

with Craig Biddle

6 hours total  |  4 sessions

Learn to teach Ayn Rand’s philosophy by reference to the life-serving purpose of its elements—or, in Francisco d’Anconia’s words, the question “What for?”

Six Perspectives on Writing in Defense of Liberty

with Jon Hersey

7.5 hours total  |  5 sessions

Learn writing with Timothy Sandefur, Virginia Postrel, Deborah J. La Fetra, Donna G. Matias, Jon Miltimore, and Jon Hersey.

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.


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 and Angelica Walker-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.