Aaron Smith

Ayn Rand Institute


  • Philosophy
  • Morality/Ethics
  • Epistemology
  • Objectivism
  • Aristotle
  • Atheism
  • Faith/Mysticism
  • Culture & Society

Featured Work

Aaron Smith is an instructor for ARI Campus and teaches in the Objectivist Academic Center. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University and has taught introductory and advanced courses in ethics, epistemology and the history of philosophy. He is a graduate of the Objectivist Academic Center and participated in ARI’s Advanced Education Program. Prior to joining ARI in 2013, Mr. Smith was a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where his research focused on Aristotle’s theory of knowledge.

Career Roles

Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2010 – 2013

Adjunct Professor

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
2008 – 2010


ARI Internship Program
2014 – present

Objectivist Academic Center
2013 – present

ARI Campus
2013 – present

Selected Work


"Aristotle on Abstraction" July 2010


Foundations of Ethics: The Nature of Value

History of Ancient Philosophy

Ancient Greek Theories of Knowledge

Hellenistic Philosophy

Philosophical Skepticism


Introduction to Moral Theory

Introduction to Philosophy

Abstract Philosophy and Practical Life


"Anthem: Discovering Moral Individualism" Panel presentation, Association of Private Enterprise Education, April 2014

Talks & Lectures

"Selfishness, Altruism and Other People" ARI Internship June 2014