Onkar Ghate

Senior Fellow and Chief Content Officer
Ayn Rand Institute


  • Objectivism
  • Ayn Rand’s novels & ideas
  • Religion & morality
  • Philosophy
  • Laissez-faire capitalism
  • Education & multiculturalism
  • Government & business
  • Culture & society
  • Foreign policy
  • Science & industrialization

Onkar Ghate is a senior fellow and chief content officer at the Ayn Rand Institute. He is the Institute’s resident expert on Objectivism and serves as its senior trainer and editor. He has taught philosophy for over ten years at the Institute’s Objectivist Academic Center.


Dr. Ghate is a contributing author to a number of books on Rand’s fiction and philosophy, including Essays on Ayn Rand’s "The Fountainhead"; Essays on Ayn Rand’s "Atlas Shrugged"; Why Businessmen Need Philosophy: The Capitalist's Guide to the Ideas Behind Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged"Concepts and Their Role in Knowledge: Reflections on Objectivist Epistemology; and Ayn Rand: A Companion to Her Works and Thought (forthcoming).


His op-eds have appeared in venues that range across the ideological spectrum, from Huffington Post to CNN.com to Foxnews.com and Businessweek.com. He’s been interviewed on national and international radio, including NPR and BBC Radio, and has appeared as a television guest on CNBC, KCET, Fox News Channel and the CBS Evening News.


A Canadian citizen, Dr. Ghate studied economics and philosophy as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto and worked in the financial industry prior to joining ARI in 2000. He received his doctorate in philosophy in 1998 from the University of Calgary.

Career Roles

Senior Fellow

Ayn Rand Institute
2007 – present

Chief Content Officer

Ayn Rand Institute
2013 – present

Instructor and Dean

Objectivist Academic Center
2000 – present

Selected Work


“Introduction to Objectivism,” June 30 – July 03, 2014 Objectivist Summer Conference 2014

“Nozick and Rand on the Foundations of Liberty,” April 15, 2014 Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference 2014

“Political Philosophy, Altruism and Government by Magic,” September 08, 2014 Public Choice Society Conference 2014

“Rand and Nozick: Moral, Social and Political Thought” [Ayn Rand Society], December 28, 2013 American Philosophical Association 2013 Eastern division meeting

Talks & Lectures

“The Separation of Church and State”

“Religion and Morality”

“A Study of Galt’s Speech”

Atlas Shrugged — America’s Second Declaration of Independence”

“Ayn Rand’s Ideas — An Introduction”

“Rethinking Selfishness: Ayn Rand’s New Conception of Egoism”

“The Moral and The Practical”