Harry Binswanger

Member, Board of Directors
Ayn Rand Institute

Specialties

  • Ayn Rand
  • Objectivism
  • Epistemology
  • Capitalism
  • Egoism/Selfishness
  • Individual Rights

Harry Binswanger is a member of the Ayn Rand Institute’s board of directors and an instructor at ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center. In Ayn Rand’s last years, Dr. Binswanger became an associate and friend.

 

Dr. Binswanger is a senior contributor at RealClearMarkets. He is the author of How We Know, a book on the theory of knowledge. His previous books are: The Biological Basis of Teleological Concepts and The Ayn Rand Lexicon. He is coeditor of the second expanded edition of Ayn Rand’s Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology.

 

Dr. Binswanger received his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University in 1973 and has taught philosophy at Hunter College, the New School for Social Research and the University of Texas, Austin. Since 1994 he has taught courses on Ayn Rand’s philosophic system, ethics and epistemology at the Objectivist Academic Center.

 

A regular speaker at universities on Ayn Rand’s philosophy, he has also appeared on TV shows hosted by Glenn Beck, Geraldo Rivera and Judge Anthony Napolitano, as well as in two documentary films about Ayn Rand. He also moderates and writes for an email list on Objectivism and its application to today’s issues at www.hblist.com.

Career Roles

Board Member

Board of Directors
Ayn Rand Institute
1985 – present

Editor and Publisher

The Objectivist Forum
1980 – 1987

Taught at

Philosophy
Hunter College
1972 – 1979

Philosophy
The New School for Social Research
1971 – 1977

Philosophy
University of Texas, Austin
Spring 2002

Selected Work

Scholarly Articles

“Life-Based Teleology and the Foundation of Value” in The Monist January 1992

“Volition as Cognitive Self-Regulation” in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes December 1991

“Objectivist Philosophy of Law” (with Thomas Bowden), in The Philosophy of Law: An Encyclopedia 1999

Talks & Lectures

“Ayn Rand’s Philosophic Achievement”

“Consciousness as Identification”

“The Metaphysics of Consciousness”

“Consciousness: Foundations of a Rational Theory”

“Perception”

“Selected Topics in the Philosophy of Science”

“Abstraction from Abstractions”

“Psycho-Epistemology I”

“Psycho-Epistemology II”

“Free Will”

“Free Will and Values”

“Emotions”

“Logical Thinking”

“Philosophic Issues in Economics”

“Ayn Rand’s Life: Highlights and Sidelights”

“Principles”

Articles & Essays

Review of Leonard Peikoff’s Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand in The Intellectual Activist November 1991

“What Is Objective Law?” in The Intellectual Activist January 1992

Review of Ayn Rand’s The Voice of Reason in The Intellectual Activist December 1988