Meetings

UPCOMING MEETINGS
JAN2017

Author Meets Critics: Tara Smith’s Judicial Review in an Objective Legal System

Critics:Mark Graber (University of Maryland)
Timothy Sandefur (Goldwater Institute)
Onkar Ghate (Ayn Rand Institute)
Author:Tara Smith (University of Texas, Austin)
 Chair:Gregory Salmieri (Anthem Foundation and Rutgers University)
PAST MEETINGS
JAN2016

Biological Collectivism and the Politics of Racial Identity

Speaker:Jason D. Hill (DePaul University)
Commentator:Gregory Salmieri (Anthem Foundation & Rutgers University)
Chair:James G. Lennox (The University of Pittsburgh)
DEC2014

The Moral Basis of  Capitalism: Adam Smith, the Austrians, and Ayn Rand

Speakers:James R. Otteson (Yeshiva University)
Peter Boettke (George Mason University)
Yaron Brook (Ayn Rand Institute)
Chair:James G. Lennox (The University of Pittsburgh)
APR2014

Ayn Rand’s Theory of Rights

Speakers:Fred D. Miller, Jr. (University of Arizona)
Adam Mossoff (George Mason University)
Commentator:Matt Zwolinski (University of San Diego)
Chair:Darryl Wright (Harvey Mudd College)
DEC2013

Rand and Nozick: Moral, Social and Political Thought

Speaker:Lester H. Hunt (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Commentator:Onkar Ghate (Ayn Rand Institute)
Chair:Robert Mayhew (Seton Hall University)
MAR2013

Capitalism, Limited Government, and Morality

Speaker:Michael Huemer (University of Colorado)
Commentator:Harry Binswanger (Ayn Rand Institute)
Chair:Gregory Salmieri (Boston University)
APR2012

Concepts and the Growth of Scientific Knowledge: The Case of “Temperature”

Speaker:Travis Norsen (Smith College)
Commentator:Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge)
James G. Lennox (University of Pittsburgh)
DEC2011

The Philosophic Basis of the Separation of Church and State: Theory and History

Speaker:Onkar Ghate (Ayn Rand Institute)
Commentator:Mark McGarvie (Univeristy of Richmond)
APR2011

Rand and Punishment

Speaker:David Boonin (University of Colorado)
Commentator:Irfan Khawaja (Felician College)
APR2010

Authors Meet Critics: Essays on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (ed. R. Mayhew)

Introduction:Robert Mayhew (Seaton Hall University)
Speakers:William Glod (Institute for Humane Studies)
Lester H. Hunt (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Christine Swanton (University of Auckland)
Responses:Onkar Ghate (Ayn Rand Institute)
Allan Gotthelf (University of Pittsburgh)
Gregory Salmieri (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
Chair:Fred D. Miller, Jr. (Bowling Green State University)
DEC2009

The Normative Foundations of Intellectual Property: Two Perspectives

Speaker:Adam Mossoff (George Mason University School of Law)
Commentator:Eric R. Claeys (George Mason University School of Law)
APR2009

Reason, Choice, and the Creation of One’s Own Character

Speaker:Onkar Ghate (Ayn Rand Institute)
Commentator:Jonathan Jacobs (Colgate University)
DEC2008

The Objectivity of Esthetic Value

Speaker:Harry Binswanger (Ayn Rand Institute)
Bill Brewer (University of Warwick)
Mitchell S. Green (University of Virginia)
MAR2008

Egoistic Virtue in Nietzsche and Ayn Rand

Speaker:Christine Swanton (University of Auckland)
Commentator:Darryl Wright (Harvey Mudd College)
DEC2007

The Foundations of Ethics: Objectivism and Analytic Philosophy

Speaker:Irfan Khawaja (University of Notre Dame)
Commentator:Paul Bloomfield (University of Connecticut)
DEC2006

Author meets Critics: Tara Smith’s Ayn Rand’s Normative Ethics: The Virtuous Egoist (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Speakers:Helen Cullyer (Center for Hellenic Studies and University of Pittsburgh)
Lester H. Hunt (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Christine Swanton (University of Auckland)
Responses:Tara Smith (University of Texas, Austin)
DEC2005

Ayn Rand as Aristotelian

On Axioms:James G. Lennox (University of Pittsburgh)
On Concepts:Allan Gotthelf (University of Pittsburgh)
On ethics:Fred D. Miller, Jr. (Bowling Green State University)
On Aesthetics:Robert Mayhew (Seton Hall University)
Chair:John M. Cooper (Princeton University)
DEC2004

Concepts and Universals: Ayn Rand and Thomas Aquinas

Speaker:Douglas B. Rasmussen (St. John’s University)
Commentator:Robert Pasnau (University of Colorado)
DEC2003

Ayn Rand on Concepts, Essences, and Scientific Progress

Speaker:Allan Gotthelf (University of Pittsburgh)
James G. Lennox (University of Pittsburgh)
Commentator:Paul E. Griffiths (University of Pittsburgh)
Chair:Harry Binswanger (Ayn Rand Institute)
DEC2001

Reason, Emotion, and the Importance of Philosophy

Speaker:Wayne A. Davis (Georgetown University)
Commentator:Darryl Wright (Harvey Mudd College)
DEC2000

Book Discussion — Tara Smith’s Viable Values: A Study of Life as the Root and Reward of Morality

Speakers:Irfan Khawaja (University of Notre Dame)
David Schmidtz (University of Arizona)
Julia Driver (Dartmouth College)
Responses:Tara Smith (University of Texas, Austin)
DEC1999

Teaching Ayn Rand in Introductory Courses

Topic:Free Will
Speaker:Allan Gotthelf (The College of New Jersey)
Topic:Ethical Egoism
Speaker:Tibor Machan (Chapman University)
DEC1998

A Philosophical Approach to Humor: Aristotle and Ayn Rand

Speaker:Robert Mayhew  (Seton Hall University)
Commentator:Richard Janko (University of London)
DEC1997

Reason and Freedom in Ayn Rand’s Politics

Speaker:Darryl Wright (Harvey Mudd College)
Commentator:Douglas Den Uyl (Bellarmine College)
DEC1996

Egoism and Virtue

Speaker:Lester H. Hunt (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Commentator:Tara Smith (University of Texas, Austin)
DEC1995

Recasting Business Ethics: The Moral Foundations of Business

Speaker:Stephen Hicks (Rockford College)
Commentator:Jan Narveson (University of Waterloo)
DEC1994

Multiculturalism and the Assault on Objectivity

Speaker:Gary Hull (Claremont Grad. Sch. of Business)
Susan Haack (University of Miami)
DEC1993

The Fountainhead:  Fifty Years Later

Speakers:Richard Kamber (Trenton State College)
Andrew Bernstein (Pace University)
Neera Kapur Badhwar (University of Oklahoma)
DEC1992

Ayn Rand on Kant’s Metaphysics

Speaker:George Walsh (Salisbury State University)
Commentator:Fred D. Miller (Bowling Green State University)
DEC1990

Ayn Rand on Obligation and Value

Speakers:Douglas Rasmussen (St. John’s University)
Allan Gotthelf (Trenton State College)
DEC1989

The Biological Basis of Teleological Concepts

Speaker:Harry Binswanger (Ayn Rand Institute)
Commentator:William Bechtel (Georgia State University)
DEC1988

Perceptual Appearance: Realism vs. Representationalism

Speaker:David Kelley (Verbank, NY)
Commentator:Jaegwon Kim (Brown University)