Remembering Barbara Branden

Source: Chris Matthew Sciabarra
by Chris Matthew Sciabarra

“On this date in 1929, writer Barbara Branden was born. In 1950, she and her future husband, Nathaniel Branden, met the novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand for the first time. Barbara was a part of Rand’s inner circle for nearly two decades and was a frequent lecturer for the Nathaniel Branden Institute (NBI). Having earned her M.A. in philosophy at New York University, under the direction of Sidney Hook, Barbara had much to say on the topic of free will and on tacit methods of awareness (especially ‘psycho-epistemology,’ a concept that Barbara originated in the mid-1950s and brought to the attention of both Ayn Rand and Nathaniel Branden). … Today, on the ninety-fifth anniversary of her birth, I celebrate her life — and the gift of our friendship.” (05/14/24)