This is an ongoing live course taught in the Objectivist Academic Center (OAC), ARI’s premier intellectual training program featuring weekly classes conducted by videoconference. Visit to learn how you can gain access to this exclusive content and begin participating in live classes!

In this course you will read, write and analyze intellectual work — from more academically oriented writing to more popular applied intellectual writing. The aim is to learn what it really means to engage with other thinkers’ positions and arguments and to learn to think through an issue or an argument from an Objectivist perspective.

In each of the works you will read, the author relies on certain philosophical assumptions as well as explicit premises and arguments, and on that basis develops a position on contemporary cultural, philosophical or political issues. As a student, you will be asked to identify these assumptions, premises and arguments and to evaluate what you think is true and false in the position and what you think Objectivism has to contribute to an understanding of the issues in play. Special emphasis will be placed on taking other thinkers seriously and interpreting their work objectively, while maintaining an Objectivist perspective in one’s own thinking.

This course comprises 4 Units, each led by a different instructor:

  • Unit 1: Modern Stoicism (Aaron Smith leading)
  • Unit 2: Contemporary Issues often Thought of as “Right” or “Left” Issues (Onkar Ghate leading)
  • Unit 3: Secular Moral Theories (Ben Bayer leading)
  • Unit 4: A Clash of Civilizations (Elan Journo leading)

In addition, students complete and receive feedback on written and oral communication assignments. Instructors Keith Lockitch and Gregory Salmieri will join the other instructors in teaching the communication classes.