Rational Egoism: The Morality for Loving Life

with Craig Biddle

6 hours total | 4 sessions, beginning June 9, 2020

Learn the principles of a moral code that helps you think clearly, excel in life, cultivate win-win relationships, and defend freedom on solid ground.

Many people believe that morality comes from God and must be accepted on faith. Others believe that morality is a matter of personal opinion or social convention and is therefore subjective, not objective. And almost everyone believes that being moral consists in self-sacrificially serving others—whether God, the poor, your neighbors, or society.

But what if there were a moral code based on reason? And what if this code called not for giving up your life-serving values but for pursuing and achieving them—while respecting the rights of others to do the same? And what if this code provided you and others with extensive guidance about how to live a spiritually meaningful and fulfilling life.

There is such a morality. It’s called rational egoism. And it was created by the philosopher Ayn Rand, who held that “The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.”

In this course, you will learn the basic principles of this morality, including:

  • How rational moral principles are derived from reality by means of observation and logic
  • The fundamental values that are essential to human life and happiness
  • The principled actions that you must take to achieve such values
  • The social conditions that people must embrace and protect if they are to live as civilized beings, rather than as masters and slaves or aggressors and victims.

Sign up today, discover why Ayn Rand called rational egoism “the morality of life,” and transform your life with a moral code geared specifically to flourishing.


Craig Biddle

Craig Biddle

Craig is cofounder and director of education at Objective Standard Institute, editor of The Objective Standardand executive director of Prometheus Foundation. He is the author of Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It; Rational Egoism: The Morality for Human Flourishing; and the forthcoming Moral Truths Your Parents, Preachers, and Teachers Don’t Want You to Know. Craig is currently working on his fourth book, “Thinking in Principles.”

Current Course & Session Schedule

  1. June 9, 2020, 5:30–7:00pm PT
  2. June 16, 2020, 5:30–7:00pm PT
  3. June 23, 2020, 5:30–7:00pm PT
  4. June 30, 2020, 5:30–7:00pm PT

Future Course Schedule

  • Dates TBD

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 6 hours long, consisting of 4 sessions of 1.5 hours each. Homework assignments are optional. Doing them may require an additional hour or more per week but will greatly enhance what you learn in this course.

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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