OSI Reading Group: The Fountainhead

with Dr. Andrew Bernstein

24 hours total | 16 sessions, beginning January 24, 2022

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

Architect Howard Roark wants to erect buildings “such as had never stood on the face of the earth,” but his innovative approach sparks resentment and resistance. Even the woman he loves works to undermine his career, believing people are too small-minded to accept his work—or to deserve it. But he will build or die, even if that means putting up gas stations in the middle of nowhere while his inferiors win prestigious commissions to erect towering structures. The Fountainhead shows us a man who thinks for himself and accepts nothing he can’t make sense of.

It is a novel of profound philosophic insight, but some of its key ideas and characters commonly are misunderstood, and certain scenes in the novel raise deep and potentially perplexing questions. Enter Dr. Andrew Bernstein.

Bernstein is a contributor to Essays on Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and author of Objectivism in One Lesson: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Ayn Rand. He is also the author of the CliffsNotes for three Ayn Rand titles: Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged.

Join Dr. Bernstein—along with active-minded readers from all over the world—for fun and enlightening discussions, and pull every ounce of value from Ayn Rand’s classic novel.


Andrew Bernstein

Andrew Bernstein

Andrew Bernstein holds a PhD in philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York and taught philosophy for many years at Marist College. He is the author of (most recently) Heroes, Legends, Champions: Why Heroism Matters (2020), Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights (2010) and Capitalist Solutions (2011).

Course & Session Schedule

  1. Jan 24, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  2. Jan 31, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  3. Feb 7, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  4. Feb 14, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  5. Feb 21, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  6. Feb 28, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  7. March 7, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  8. March 14, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  9. March 21, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  10. March 28, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  11. April 4, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  12. April 11, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  13. April 18, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  14. April 25, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  15. May 2, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT
  16. May 9, 2022, 10:00–11:30am PT

How the Course Works

This course is interactive and discussion-driven, so enrollment is limited. Register early to secure your spot.

The course is held live on a video conferencing app called Zoom, which you can download for free here. Sessions are video recorded, so if you miss a session (or want to review), you can watch the recording.

The course is 24 hours long, consisting of 16 sessions of 1.5 hours each.

Course handouts and supplementary materials are delivered via email. Course participants are invited to an exclusive OSI Courses group on Facebook, where they can post questions and engage in discussions with the instructor and other participants.

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