Scholar Bio

Harry Binswanger received his doctorate 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 at Austin. Since 1994 he has taught courses on Ayn Rand’s philosophic system, ethics and epistemology at the Objectivist Academic Center.

Dr. Binswanger 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.

He is a regular speaker at universities on Ayn Rand’s philosophy. A senior contributor at RealClearMarkets, 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

He has been a member of the Ayn Rand Institute’s board of directors since the organization’s inception. In Ayn Rand’s last years, Dr. Binswanger became her associate and friend.

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  • Ayn Rand
  • Objectivism
  • Epistemology
  • Capitalism
  • Egoism/Selfishness
  • Individual rights

Courses Taught


Board Member

  • Board of Directors
    Ayn Rand Institute
    1985 – present

Editor And Publisher

  • The Objectivist Forum
    1980 – 1987

Teacher Of Philosophy

  • Hunter College
    1972 – 1979
  • The New School for Social Research
    1971 – 1977
  • University of Texas, Austin
    Spring 2002

Selected Work

Articles & Essays

  • 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 Activist (December 1988)

Scholarly Articles

  • “Life-Based Teleology and the Foundation of Value” in The Monist (January 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)

Talks & Lectures

  • “Ayn Rand’s Philosophic Achievement”
  • “Consciousness as Identification”
  • “The Metaphysics of Consciousness”
  • “Consciousness: Foundations of a Rational Theory”
  • “Perception”
  • “Selected Topics in the Philosophy of Science”
  • “Abstraction from Abstractions”
  • “Psycho-Epistemology I”
  • “Psycho-Epistemology II”
  • “Free Will”
  • “Free Will and Values”
  • “Emotions”
  • “Logical Thinking”
  • “Philosophic Issues in Economics”
  • “Ayn Rand’s Life: Highlights and Sidelights”
  • “Principles”