Harry Binswanger

Member, Board of Directors
Ayn Rand Institute

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

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.hbletter.com.

Career Roles


  • Board of Directors
    Ayn Rand Institute
    1985 – present


  • The Objectivist Forum
    1980 – 1987


  • Philosophy
    Hunter College
    1972 – 1979

    The New School for Social Research
    1971 – 1977

    University of Texas, Austin
    Spring 2002

Selected Works


“Life-Based Teleology and the Foundation of Value” in The MonistJanuary 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


“Ayn Rand’s Philosophic Achievement”

“Consciousness as Identification”

“The Metaphysics of Consciousness”

“Consciousness: Foundations of a Rational Theory”


“Selected Topics in the Philosophy of Science”

“Abstraction from Abstractions”

“Psycho-Epistemology I”

“Psycho-Epistemology II”

“Free Will”

“Free Will and Values”


“Logical Thinking”

“Philosophic Issues in Economics”

“Ayn Rand’s Life: Highlights and Sidelights”



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 ActivistDecember 1988