In this installment of the Ayn Rand Institute’s podcast series on A Companion to Ayn Rand, Harry Binswanger, a member of ARI’s board of directors and author of How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation, discusses the chapter he contributed, “The Objectivist Esthetics: Art and the Needs of a Conceptual Consciousness.” Binswanger is interviewed by ARI fellow Don Watkins.

The Companion, edited by Gregory Salmieri and the late Allan Gotthelf and recently released as part of the prestigious Blackwell Companions to Philosophy series, is the “first volume to offer a comprehensive scholarly treatment of Rand’s entire corpus (including her novels, her philosophical essays, and her analysis of the events of her times).”

A Companion to Ayn Rand is available for purchase at You can read the first chapter, “An Introduction to the Study of Ayn Rand” by Salmieri, free online.

The previous installments in this six-part series are available as follows:

  • The first installment, in which Salmieri explains the purpose of the book and discusses various issues pertaining to Rand’s ethics of rational self-interest, is available here.
  • The second installment, in which Darryl Wright, professor of philosophy at Harvey Mudd College, discusses the chapter he authored, “ ‘A Human Society’: Rand’s Social Philosophy,” is available here.
  • The third installment, in which Adam Mossoff discusses the chapter he co-authored with Fred D. Miller, “Political Theory: A Radical for Capitalism,” is available here. Mossoff is a professor of law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, and Miller is an emeritus professor of philosophy at Bowling Green State University.
  • The fourth installment, in which Tara Smith, professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses the chapter she authored, “Objective Law,” is available here.
  • The fifth installment, in which Jason G. Rheins, assistant professor of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago, discusses the chapter he authored, “Objectivist Metaphysics: The Primacy of Existence,” is available here.