Instructor Bio

Gregory Salmieri is a senior scholar of philosophy in the Salem Center at the University of Texas, Austin. He holds the Brigham Fellowship for the Study of Objectivism and is director of the Center’s Program for Objectivity in Thought, Action, and Enterprise.

He is co-editor of A Companion to Ayn Rand and Foundations of a Free Society: Reflections on Ayn Rand’s Political Philosophy. And has published on numerous issues connected to Rand’s philosophy and to Aristotle’s.

Prior to joining the Salem Center he was a fellow at the Anthem Foundation and taught philosophy at Rutgers University, Boston University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and at the University of Pittsburgh from which he earned his PhD in 2008.

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  • Aristotle
  • Ayn Rand
  • Epistemology
  • Foundations of ethics
  • Egoism

Featured Work

Courses Taught


Senior Scholar of Philosophy

  • Salem Center at the University of Texas at Austin
    2020 – present

Lecturer In Philosophy

  • University of Texas at Austin
    2020 – present

Fellow In Philosophy

  • Anthem Foundation
    2014 – 2020

Part Time Lecturer In Philosophy

  • Rutgers University
    2014 – 2020

Visiting Scholar

  • Boston University
    2012 – 2014

Visiting Assistant Professor

  • The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    2008 – 2012

Selected Work

Scholarly Articles

  • “Aristotle on Selfishness: Understanding the Iconoclasm of Nicomachean Ethics IX.8,” Ancient Philosophy 34. 2014
  • “How We Choose Our Beliefs” (co-authored with Benjamin Bayer) Philosophia 42:1. 2014
  • “Aristotelian Epistēmē and the Relation between Knowledge and Understanding,” Metascience 23:1. 2014
  • “Αἴσθησις, Ἐμπειρία, and the Advent of Universals in Posterior Analytics II 19” in James Lesher (ed.), From Inquiry to Demonstrative Knowledge: New Essays on Aristotle’s Posterior Analytics (Apeiron XLIII: 2, 3). 2010
  • “Aristotle’s Non-Dialectical Methodology in the Nicomachean Ethics,” Ancient Philosophy 29. 2009

Papers Delivered

  • “Aristotelian Ethics Without Exploitation?” Notre Dame, May 2014
  • “Something in the Way(s) He Moves: Reconsidering the Embryological Argument for Robustly Particular Forms in Aristotle,” Université Paris-Sorbonne/Humboldt University, Berlin; January 2014
  • “Are You Experienced: Identifying Aristotelian Empeiria,” Rutgers University, October 2013
  • “Aristotle on Making Up Names,” Rutgers University, May 2013
  • “Aristotle on Making Up Names,” Loyola University of Chicago, November 2012
  • “Aristotle on Selfishness,” Boston University; University of Oslo. 2012
  • “Does Virtue Make Money or Make It Good? How to Understand Apology 30b2-4,” American Philosophical Association, Central Division Meeting, February 2012
  • “Alexander of Aphrodisias and the Choice to Think,” 29th annual joint meeting of The Society for Ancient Greek Philosophy with The Society for the Study of Islamic Philosophy and Science, Fordham University, October 2011
  • “Aristotle on Making Up Names,” University of Texas at Austin, Fall Colloquium Series, October 2010
  • “The Act of Awareness,” Warwick University, Conference on Perception, Consciousness and Reference. 2009