Ben Bayer

Instructor and Fellow
Ayn Rand Institute

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Specialties

  • Ayn Rand Novels & Ideas
  • Epistemology
  • Free Will & Determinism
  • Objectivism
  • Philosophy
  • Religion & Morality

Ben Bayer is an instructor and fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. He teaches in the Objectivist Academic Center, lectures and gives interviews for ARI. He also writes and edits for ARI’s online publication, New Ideal. Dr. Bayer holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and his writing focuses primarily on the application of philosophy to contemporary cultural and political controversies.

Dr. Bayer brings to ARI more than a decade of experience in teaching a wide range of philosophy courses at colleges and universities across the United States. He was a visiting assistant professor at Loyola University New Orleans for seven years, and previously taught at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado College, Loyola University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

In his time as a professor, Dr. Bayer’s research focused on epistemology and metaphysics (especially, free will and determinism). He has published scholarly articles in American Philosophical Quarterly, Synthese, Philosophia, and Acta Analytica, among others. He has also contributed essays to Concepts and Their Role in Knowledge: Reflections on Objectivist Epistemology and Essays on Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead.”

Bayer was one of the two co-founders of the student publication The Undercurrent, for which he served as an editor and contributor between 2005 and 2016. He edited checkyourpremises.org, the blog of the Ayn Rand Society (a professional association affiliated with the American Philosophical Association), from 2016 to 2017.

Dr. Bayer received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2007. He also completed the program of coursework in ARI’s Objectivist Graduate Center between 1997 and 2006.

Full curriculum vitae

Career Roles

FELLOW AND INSTRUCTOR

  • Ayn Rand Institute
    2017 – present

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

  • Loyola University New Orleans
    2010 – 2017

    Colorado College
    2008 – 2009

LECTURER

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
    Spring 2010

    Loyola University Chicago
    2007 – 2008

Selected Works

TALKS AND LECTURES

“Reason vs. Faith and Emotionalism,” Ayn Rand Conference Latin America, Buenos Aires, September 2019; Ayn Rand Conference Brazil, Porto Alegre, 2019; AynRandCon, Atlanta, October 2019.

“The Evil of Altruism,” Ayn Rand Conference Latin America, Buenos Aires, September 2019; Ayn Rand Conference Brazil, Porto Alegre, 2019; AynRandCon, Atlanta, October 2019.

“Better Living Through Concepts,” Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, September 2019.

“Free Will as a Subtheme in Atlas Shrugged,” OCON 2019.

Atlas Shrugged as a Romantic Novel,” OCON 2019.

“Free Will and Individualism,” AynRandCon Europe, Prague 2018.

“Tribalism in Politics,” AynRandCon, Atlanta 2018.

“Ayn Rand’s Philosophy for Living on Earth,” OCON 2018.

“Thinking Like an Individualist,” OCON 2018.

“Being Objective about the News,” OCON 2017.

“Freedom for the Self-made Soul,” The Undercurrent Student Conference, Washington, DC, October 2014.

“Spreading Objectivism by Living It,” OCON, Las Vegas, NV, July 2014.

“History of the Concept of Free Will,” OCON, Chicago, IL, July 2013.

“Understanding Twentieth-Century Philosophy: The Case of Quine,” OCON, Boston, MA, July 2006.

“Understanding Twentieth-Century Philosophy: The Case of Quine,” OCON, Boston, MA, July 2006.

COURSES

OAC Year 1 Seminar on Objectivism (as Discussion Leader), 2018 – Present

OAC Year 2 Philosophy Seminar, 2017 – Present

OAC Year 3 Philosophical Analysis and Communication, 2017 – Present

“The Atlas Project” (with Greg Salmieri), Fall 2017- Spring 2018

Philosophical Themes in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

Epistemology (Introductory and Intermediate)

Free Will and Determinism (Introductory and Intermediate)

Making Moral Decisions

History of Analytic Philosophy

History of Modern Philosophy

Philosophy of Language

Logic (Formal and Practical)

Other teaching