A friend of Ayn Rand since 1971, he published his treatise on Libertarian philosophy entitled "Libertarianism: A Political Philosophy for Tomorrow" in 1971, and secured the party nomination for president, along with Theodora "Tonie" Nathan in 1972. On the ballot in only two states and garnering just over 3000 popular votes, the pair made history when elector Roger MacBride of Minnesota cast his vote for the ticket of Hospers and Nathan, rather than the Republican candidate and eventual winner, Richard Nixon. This made Ms. Nathan the first woman in US history to receive an electoral vote, preceding Geraldine Ferrarro by a dozen years.
After his presidential bid, Hospers returned to teach philosophy at the University of Southern California, where he taught until his retirement in 1988.
 Statement of Principles
- Meaning and Truth in the Arts
- Introductory Readings in Aesthetics
- Artistic Expression
- Libertarianism: a political philosophy for tomorrow
- Understanding the Arts
- Law and the Market
- Introduction to Philosophical Analysis
- Human Conduct
 Election results
|1972||President of the United States||3,676||0.00%|
|Libertarian Party Presidential candidate
|Libertarian Party California Gubernatorial Nominee