Announcement: New Objectivist Educational Organization

by Jason Stotts

My friend Marc Baer asked me to post an announcement of a new organization he is starting with Bach Ho.  I am doing so here purely for informational reasons and not as an endorsement: I have not read all of their claims yet or had a chance to evaluate them.  On the other hand, the more people out there providing high level training in Objectivism, the better.

“Marc Baer and Bach Van Ho would like to make the following announcement:

Due to the lack of an organized and serious effort at professional training of Objectivist intellectuals, we will be forming a new non-profit organization to address just this need.

For the announcement and details regarding the project, please see the Facebook page: Announcing a New Objectivist Educational Organization


Marc Baer earned his B.A. in philosophy from UCLA (1994), studied philosophy at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (1996-99), and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Irvine (2002, 2006). He studied philosophy at the Ayn Rand Institute for many years, taking Dr. Leonard Peikoff’s undergraduate seminar in 1991 and the first undergraduate course on Peikoff’s Objectivism: the Philosophy of Ayn Rand, in 1994-95, as well as graduate courses with Dr. Harry Binswanger from 1995-2006. In 2006, he completed the Institute’s graduate program. He was an Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship fellow at the University of Texas, Austin, in 2005. He has taught philosophy at: the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the University of California, Irvine; California State University, Long Beach; Concordia College (Bronxville, NY); and Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa, CA). He is a referee for the academic philosophy journal The Journal of Value Inquiry. He lives in Orange County, CA.

Bach Van Ho earned his B.S. in Information and Computer Sciences, with honors and cum laude, from the University of California, Irvine (2004), and his M.A. in philosophy from Arizona State University (2007). He won the Ayn Rand Institute’s 2002 Atlas Shrugged essay contest, graduated from ARI’s Objectivist Academic Center undergraduate program (2007), and studied in the graduate program until ARI closed it in 2009. From 2007 to the present, he has been enrolled in the doctoral program in philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, where he is currently a Ph.D. candidate; his dissertation argues for the individual’s life as the source of moral values. He teaches contemporary moral issues, medical ethics, and environmental ethics at California State University, Fullerton. Mr. Ho lives in Orange County, CA.”

2 Responses to “Announcement: New Objectivist Educational Organization”

  1. f_

    maybe take a cursory whiff for the scent of garbage before linking to something for “informational reasons”?

    an embarrassment that has for a long time been left in obscurity, and should be allowed to remain there

  2. JasonStotts

    Dear “f_”,

    One function that I choose to use Erosophia for is to spread information that I think might be interesting to my readers. Whether or not every point of Baer’s and Ho’s is right, I do agree with them that much more needs to be done to help create Objectivist intellectuals.

    Now, you hurl accusations at them with no evidence, so I cannot take them seriously. If you wish to substantiate your claims, then maybe I will consider them.