Why We Created OSI

by | May 22, 2020

Many people live unhappy lives because they accept philosophic ideas that undermine personal happiness, such as “Being moral consists in selflessly serving others.” Likewise, many advocate and live under statist or tyrannical regimes because they accept ideas that support such regimes, such as “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

If people want to be happy and free, they need philosophic ideas that support these goals and provide guidance to achieve them. We created Objective Standard Institute to teach people about ideas that do.

Philosophers throughout the ages have sought to identify and convey truths in these areas. Disagreements abound. Some say there’s a God who created reality and that truth and morality come from him; others say there is no God and that truth and morality are personal opinions or social conventions; (relatively few) others say that there is no evidence for the existence of God, that existence is primary and has always existed, and that truth and morality are discovered by means of observation and logic.

We see this latter view as demonstrably true and as vitally important to human life, liberty, and happiness. We hold that there are objective standards for understanding what is true and false, good and evil, and morally correct in the realm of politics. These standards, respectively, are, as the philosopher Ayn Rand demonstrated: correspondence to perceptual reality, the requirements of human life, and the protection of individual rights.

We see the understanding of these and related principles, along with their proper applications, as essential for individuals to live fulfilling, happy lives—and for societies to establish and maintain freedom so that individuals can flourish fully as human beings. Hence the purpose of OSI: to help people understand (or better understand) the importance of philosophy, the principles of Ayn Rand’s Objectivism, and related ideas for loving life and defending freedom.

We will post more about this mission, related plans, and our amazing team in the coming days.

In the meantime, we invite you to check out OSI’s courses, our forthcoming podcasts, and conferences; read and participate in our community blog; and sign up for our free newsletter.

Here’s to a future of reason, freedom, and flourishing!

Sarah Biddle

Craig Biddle
Director of Education

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