Objectivist Summer Conference 2013
Objectivist Conferences consistently delivers top-quality lineups of
talks and speakers, and this year is no different.
Ayn Rand called Objectivism “a philosophy for living on earth,” and she
taught that the purpose of philosophy is to help you to have a more
satisfying and productive life. With this in mind, Onkar Ghate will
deliver a General Session titled “The Moral and the Practical.” This
year’s selection of Optional Courses develops that theme still further,
with topics such as:
How to make your life happier by making the conscious and the subconscious work
together (Ellen Kenner and Edwin A. Locke); understanding your emotions
(Jean Moroney); free will (Ben Bayer); and self-esteem (Gena Gorlin).
Our speakers show these and other themes at work in Ayn Rand’s writing and
ideas, with talks such as “The Stylized Soul in Romantic Literature” (Tore
Boeckmann) and “Man’s Life as the Standard of Value in the Ethics of Ayn Rand
and Aristotle” (Gregory Salmieri).
We also bring you a broad variety of other topics, from the legal system to
Aristotle’s Poetics to Andrew Lewis’s latest installment on the history
of England. In addition, Harry Binswanger and I will take questions from the
audience at our Panel on the State of the Culture. And to introduce our host
city, we present a General Session talk titled “Chicago Reach for the
Stars,” in which Jonathan Hoenig, Shoshana Milgram and Stephen
Siek discuss Chicago and its connection to Ayn Rand, its architecture and
its surprising vigor in finance and trade. You won’t want to miss it!
We look forward to creating a unique and memorable conference in Chicago and we
hope to see you there!
Dr. Yaron Brook
P.S. Enroll by March 31 to take advantage of discount pricing.
P.P.S. For students there are a number of registration options at significantly
reduced rates; see our registration options and pricing for more details.
What attendees said about last year’s conference:
“I would not want to miss a single OCON and it is always a pleasure to meet
old and new friends. Again, a great experience.”
“We really enjoyed OCON, and had a great time in classes and with our
friends. Attending OCON is a highlight of our year. Learning new things and
new applications of Objectivism is so enjoyable, and seeing our many
Objectivist friends is a pleasure too wonderful to miss.”
“Being among so many Objectivists is such a positive!”
“I met some terrific people and had a good time not having to explain every
“I can’t wait for my next conference. It was wonderful to meet and visit with
so many intelligent people who have the same values and positions as I do.”