Past Programs

1988

Perceptual Appearance: Realism vs. Representationalism

Speaker:
Commentator:

David Kelley (Verbank, NY)
Jaegwon Kim (Brown University)

1989

The Biological Basis of Teleological Concepts

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Harry Binswanger (Ayn Rand Institute)
William Bechtel (Georgia State University)

1990

Ayn Rand on Obligation and Value
 
Speakers:                    Douglas Rasmussen (St. John's University)
                                        Allan Gotthelf (Trenton State College)

1992

Ayn Rand and Kant's Metaphysics

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

George Walsh (Salisbury State University)
Fred D. Miller, Jr. (Bowling Green State University)

1993

The Fountainhead:  Fifty Years Later

 

Speakers:

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

1994

Multiculturalism and the Assault on Objectivity

 

Speakers:

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

1995

Recasting Business Ethics:  The Moral Foundations of Business

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Stephen Hicks (Rockford College)
Jan Narveson (University of Waterloo)

1996

Egoism and Virtue

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Lester H. Hunt (University of Wisconsin--Madison)
Tara Smith (University of Texas at Austin)

1997

Reason and Freedom in Ayn Rand's Politics

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Darryl Wright (Harvey Mudd College)
Douglas Den Uyl (Bellarmine College)

1998

A Philosophical Approach to Humor: Aristotle and Ayn Rand

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Robert Mayhew (Seton Hall University)
Richard Janko (University of London)

1999

Teaching Ayn Rand in Introductory Courses

 

Speakers:

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

2000

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

 

Speakers:


Responses:

Irfan Khawaja (University of Notre Dame)
David Schmidtz (University of Arizona)
Julia Driver (Dartmouth College)
Tara Smith (University of Texas at Austin)

2001

Reason, Emotion, and the Importance of Philosophy

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Wayne A. Davis (Georgetown University)
Darryl Wright (Harvey Mudd College)

2003

Ayn Rand on Concepts, Essences, and Scientific Progress

 

Speakers:

Commentator:
Chairman:

Allan Gotthelf (University of Pittsburgh)
James G. Lennox (University of Pittsburgh)
Paul E. Griffiths (University of Pittsburgh) 
Harry Binswanger (Ayn Rand Institute)

2004

Concepts and Universals: Ayn Rand and Thomas Aquinas

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Douglas B. Rasmussen (St. John's University)
Robert Pasnau (University of Colorado)

2005

Ayn Rand as Aristotelian

 

Speakers:



Chairman:

James G. Lennox (University of Pittsburgh)
Allan Gotthelf (University of Pittsburgh)
Fred D. Miller, Jr. (Bowling Green State University)
Robert Mayhew (Seton Hall University)
John M. Cooper (Princeton University)

2006

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

 

Speakers:


Responses:

Helen Cullyer (Center for Hellenic Studies and University of Pittsburgh)
Lester H. Hunt (University of Wisconsin--Madison)
Christine Swanton (University of Auckland)
Tara Smith (University of Texas at Austin)

2007

The Foundations of Ethics: Objectivism and Analytic Philosophy

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Irfan Khawaja (University of Notre Dame)
Paul Bloomfield (University of Connecticut)

2008
Pacific

Egoistic Virtue in Nietzsche and Ayn Rand

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Christine Swanton (University of Auckland)
Darryl Wright (Harvey Mudd, Claremont Colleges)

2008
Eastern

The Objectivity of Esthetic Value

 

Speakers:

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

2009
Pacific

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

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Onkar Ghate (Ayn Rand Institute)
Jonathan Jacobs (Colgate University)

2009
Eastern

The Normative Foundations of Intellectual Property: Two Perspectives

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Adam Mossoff (George Mason University School of Law)
Eric R. Claeys (George Mason University School of Law)

2010
Pacific

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

 

Introduction:
Speakers:


Responses:


Chair:

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

2011
Pacific

Rand and Punishment

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

David Boonin (University of Colorado)
Irfan Khawaja (Felician College)

2011
Eastern

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

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Onkar Ghate (Ayn Rand Institute)
Mark McGarvie (Univeristy of Richmond [History; Law])

2012
Pacific

Concepts and the Growth of Scientific Knowledge: The Case of "Temperature"

 

Speaker:
Commentators:

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

2013
Pacific

Capitalism, Limited Government, and Morality

 

Speaker:
Commentator:

Michael Huemer (University of Colorado)
Harry Binswanger (Ayn Rand Institute)

2013
Eastern

Rand and Nozick: Moral, Social and Political Thought

 

Speakers:

Chair:

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

 

2014

Pacific

Ayn Rand’s Theory of Rights

 

Speakers:

Commentator:

Chair:

Fred D. Miller, Jr. (University of Arizona)

Adam Mossoff (George Mason University)   
Matt Zwolinski (University of San Diego) 

Darryl Wright (Harvey Mudd College)