Robert Mayhew

Professor of Philosophy
Seton Hall University

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  • Ayn Rand
  • Aristotle
  • Objectivism
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • We the Living
  • Culture & Society

Robert Mayhew is a professor of philosophy at Seton Hall University, where he has taught for nearly twenty years.


Dr. Mayhew’s primary research interests are in ancient philosophy. Some of his recent publications in the field are Prodicus the Sophist (Oxford UP); Aristotle: Problems (Harvard UP); and Plato: Laws 10 (Oxford UP); as well as the following essays: “Aristotle (on fever) in Problemata I”; “‘God or Some Human’: On the Source of Law in Plato’s Laws”; and “The Theology of the Laws.”


Dr. Mayhew also has a serious scholarly interest in Ayn Rand. He has written or edited nine books about Ayn Rand, such as Ayn Rand’s Marginalia, The Art of Nonfiction, Essays on Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” Essays on Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead,Essays on Ayn Rand’s “We the Living,” Essays on Ayn Rand’s “Anthem” and Ayn Rand Answers. He is currently preparing for publication Ayn Rand’s The Unconquered (a play based on We the Living).


Dr. Mayhew serves on the board of Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship. 

Career Roles


Seton Hall University

Board Member

Board of Directors
Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship


Steering Committee
Ayn Rand Society

Selected Work

Scholarly Articles

“‘God or Some Human’: On the Source of Law in Plato’s Laws” in Ancient Philosophy 2011

“Prayer in Plato’s Laws” in Apeiron 2008

“Aristotle on Prayer” in Rhizai 2007

“Persuasion and Compulsion in Plato, Laws 10” in Polis 2007

“M.G.M.’s Potemkin Church: Religion in Song of Russia” in American Communist History 2002

“Part and Whole in Aristotle’s Political Philosophy” in Journal of Ethics 1997

“Aristotle on Property” in Review of Metaphysics 1993

Book Chapters

“The Sacred in We the Living” in Essays on Ayn Rand’s “We the Living” February 17, 2012

“Humor in The Fountainhead” in Essays on Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” November 24, 2006

Anthem: ’38 & ’46” in Essays on Ayn Rand’s “Anthem” June 28, 2005

“Kira Argounova Laughed: Humor and Joy in We the Living” in Essays on Ayn Rand’s “We the Living” February 17, 2012

“On Problemata XXIX 13: Peripatetic Legal Justice and the Case of Jury Ties” in Studi sui Problemata Physica Aristotelici 2011

“Rulers and Ruled” in A Companion to Aristotle February 17, 2009

“The Theology of the Laws in Plato’s Laws: A Critical Guide December 13, 2010

Talks & Lectures

“Thales and the Birth of Philosophy in Ancient Greece”

“Ayn Rand on Humor"

“Ayn Rand’s HUAC Testimony”

“Aristotle and the Renaissance”

“Aristotle, Ideology, and the Number of Teeth in Women”