About Us

Waterfall is an educational program created by The Atlas Society for those wanting an in-depth and systematic study of issues upon which Objectivism has something distinctive and important to say.

The Atlas Society is a non-profit organization that promotes and develops open Objectivism: the philosophy of reason, achievement, individualism, and freedom.

Our mission is to inspire people to embrace reason, achievement, benevolence, and ethical self-interest as the moral foundation for political liberty, personal happiness, and a flourishing society.

The Waterfall Team

Stephen Hicks, Ph.D.

Senior Scholar

Andrei Volkov

Lead Research Associate


Stephen R. C. Hicks is Professor of Philosophy at Rockford University, Illinois, USA, Executive Director of the Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship, and Senior Scholar at The Atlas Society.


He has four books:

  • Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau to Foucault (Scholargy Publishing, 2004; Expanded Edition, 2011).

  • Nietzsche and the Nazis (Ockham’s Razor, 2010).

  • The Art of Reasoning: Readings for Logical Analysis (co-edited with David Kelley, W. W. Norton & Co., 1994, second edition 1998).

  • Entrepreneurial Living (co-edited with Jennifer Harrolle, CEEF, 2016).


His writings have been translated into sixteen languages: Portuguese, Spanish, German, Korean, Persian, Serbo-Croatian, Polish, Swedish, Hindi, Russian, Ukrainian, Cantonese, French, Hebrew, Estonian, and Arabic.


He has published in academic journals such as Business Ethics QuarterlyTeaching Philosophy, and Review of Metaphysics, as well as other publications such as The Wall Street JournalCato Unbound, and The Baltimore Sun.


In 2010, he won his university’s Excellence in Teaching Award.


He has been Visiting Professor of Business Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., a Visiting Fellow at the Social Philosophy & Policy Center in Bowling Green, Ohio, Senior Fellow at The Objectivist Center in New York, and Visiting Professor at the University of Kasimir the Great, Poland.


He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Guelph, Canada, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.

Andrei Volkov is a Lead Research Associate at The Atlas Society.

Currently, he is a Junior at Rockford University. He is double-majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. 

Notable projects that Andrei worked on include:

  • The Pocket Guide to Terms  (The Atlas Society Press, 2020)

  • Objectivist Epistemology Landing Page.

  • Production of the 3rd edition of David Kelley'sTruth and Toleration.

  • Production of Stephen Hicks's Ayn Rand and Contemporary Business Ethics.

  • Production of George Smith's Ayn Rand and Altruism.

  • Production of The Pocket Guide to Atlas Shrugged.

  • Production of The Atlas Society audiobooks.