Scholar Bio

Peter Schwartz is the author of In Defense of Selfishness: Why the Code of Self-Sacrifice Is Unjust and Destructive (St. Martin’s Press, 2015).

Peter Schwartz is a former chairman of the board, and currently a distinguished fellow, of the Ayn Rand Institute. He writes and lectures extensively on topics ranging from ethics and political philosophy to environmentalism and multiculturalism.

Mr. Schwartz is also the author of The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest: A Moral Ideal for America(2004) and the founding editor and publisher of The Intellectual Activist (1979 – 1991), a periodical devoted to the defense of individual rights. He is the editor of and contributing author to Ayn Rand’s Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution (1999) and co-editor of Objectively Speaking: Ayn Rand Interviewed (2009).

From 1987 to 2003 he was president and editor-in-chief of Second Renaissance Books, a publisher and distributor of titles promoting the values of reason, individualism, science, technology and capitalism.

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  • Egoism/Selfishness
  • Culture & society
  • Foreign policy
  • Government & business


Chairman Board Of Directors

  • Ayn Rand Institute
    1994 – 2005

Distinguished Fellow

  • Ayn Rand Institute
    2006 – present

Editor And Publisher

  • The Intellectual Activist
    1979 – 1991

President And Editor In Chief

  • Second Renaissance Books
    1987 – 2003

Selected Work

Talks & Lectures

  • “Altruism vs. Principles”
  • “Analyzing Libertarianism: A Case Study in Thinking in Principles”
  • “Capitalism and Selfishness: Ayn Rand’s Radical Code of Values”
  • “Barriers to Cognition”
  • “The ‘Diversity’ Delusion”
  • “The Epistemology of Altruism”
  • “The Objectivist Virtue of Selfishness”
  • “The Threats to Freedom: A Philosophic Dissection”
  • “The Writing Process”
  • “Clarity in Conceptualization: The Art of Identifying Package Deals”
  • “Contextual Knowledge”
  • “Environmentalism: Sacrificing Mankind to Nature”
  • “Free Minds and Free Markets”
  • “Integration by Essentials”
  • “Multiculturalism and the Anti-Conceptual Mentality”
  • “New Primitivism: Today’s Attack on Reason and Individualism”
  • “Requirements of Objective Journalism”