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’s Objectivist Academic Center and Summer Internship program. He also develops educational content for ARI’s e-learning programs and lectures for the Institute. Dr. Smith received his PhD in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University and has taught introductory and advanced courses in ethics, epistemology and the history of philosophy. Prior to joining ARI in 2013, Dr. 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


ARI Internship Program
2014 – present

Objectivist Academic Center
2013 – present

ARI Campus
2013 – present

Selected Work

Articles & Essays

“Ayn Rand: A New Concept of Egoism” January 2016


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,” a panel presentation, Association of Private Enterprise Education, April 2014

Road to a Free Society: ARI on Tour: “Benevolence, Goodwill and the Rationally Selfish Life” April 2015

Media Interviews

“Ayn Rand on the Good Life” – BBC Radio 4 April 2015

Talks & Lectures

“Benevolence, Goodwill and the Rationally Selfish Life” July 2015 Objectivist Summer Conference 2015