Instructor Bio

Aaron Smith is an instructor and fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute. He is an instructor for ARI’s Ayn Rand University, ARI Campus and ARI’s internship program. He teaches and designs educational content for the Institute’s intellectual training and e-learning programs. He writes, speaks and gives interviews for the Institute and provides intellectual and editorial support to a variety of ARI’s programs.

Dr. Smith received his PhD in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University where his research focused on Aristotle’s theory of knowledge. Prior to joining ARI in 2013, he was a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he taught courses in ancient Greek philosophy, moral theory and epistemology. He is also a graduate of the Objectivist Academic Center and an alumnus of ARI’s Advanced Education Program.

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  • Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • Aristotle
  • Ayn Rand's novels and ideas
  • Objectivism
  • Philosophy
  • Religion and Morality

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