Andrew Bernstein
PhD in philosophy; author, The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic, and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire; affiliated with Ayn Rand Institute

Andrew Bernstein holds a PhD in Philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has taught philosophy at the State University of New York at Purchase, Marist College, Hunter College, the State University of New York at New Paltz, and other New York-area universities. He was selected as ‘Teacher of the Year’ at both SUNY Purchase and at Marymount College. In 2016-17, he was a visiting professor at the American University in Bulgaria (AUBG), where he taught Business Ethics.

His areas of expertise include objectivism, Ayn Rand’s novels, the nature of heroism, the history of capitalism and its moral superiority to other systems, and application of the principle of individual rights to a broad array of topical issues, including health care, abortion, gun ownership, immigration, and the war on drugs.

He is the author of The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic, and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire (University Press of America, 2005), Objectivism in One Lesson: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Ayn Rand (Hamilton Books, 2008), Capitalism Unbound: The Incontestable Moral Case for Individual Rights (University Press of America, 2010), and Capitalist Solutions: A Philosophy of American Moral Dilemmas (Transaction Publishers, 2011). In 2013-14, he was the Hayek Research Fellow at the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism at Clemson University, where he taught courses in economics and in political science and, principally, researched and wrote the first draft of his forthcoming book Heroes and Hero Worship: An Examination of the Nature and Importance of Heroism.

His new novel A Dearth of Eagles, published in May 2017, tells the story of a Bulgarian writer/freedom fighter in 1988-89, who struggles resolutely to help dissidents escape from communism to freedom—and even more resolutely to publish serious stories about heroes in a modernist literary culture that rejects heroism for anti-heroism.