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Chris Sciabarra’s “Ayn Rand the Russian Radical,” 2.0

Chris Sciabarra has a series of posts at his blog–August 12, 13, 14, and-15–discussing the just-released second edition of his 1995 book, Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical (Penn State). The link above takes you to the page for Sciabarra’s blog, and you can scroll down to your preferred post from there. (I’ll replace the single link with separate links for each post at some point.) He tells quite a story in the series, and the story he tells there is only the half of it. Some of us still remember the nature of the controversy over the book in the 1990s: some heat, some light, and, frankly, some ugliness.

Cover of "Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical"

Cover of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical

I’m told (by Chris, so I guess it’s not merely an idle rumor) that I make a cameo appearance of sorts in “Appendix III, A Challenge to Russian Radical–and Ayn Rand,” which is new to this edition. You’ll have to get the book and read it to see what form it takes (not that I’d be so vain as to suggest that you buy the book for that reason–much less that I would).

A confession: I bought but never read Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical when it first came out.  I’d wanted to let the polemical dust settle before I did [so as not to be overly influenced by anyone’s opinion about it].* I figure nineteen years’ delay ought to be enough for that. So the new edition is on my Wish List, and I’m hoping to read it before the calendar year is  out.

Congratulations to Chris on getting the second edition out!


*Bracketed phrase added after posting.


New JARS, Ethics

The July 2013 issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies has just come out in its new incarnation–new format, new Editors (Robert Campbell, Stephen Cox, Roderick Long, Chris Sciabarra), and new Board of Advisors. Here are the contents of the new issue:

  • Editor’s Introduction, Chris Matthew Sciabarra
  • “Rand, Paterson, and the Problem of Anarchism,” Stephen Cox
  • “Little Prime Movers: The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged as Young Adult Literature,” Will Stockton
  • Robert L. Campbell reviews Jennifer Burns’s Goddess of the Market and Anne Heller’s Ayn Rand the World She Made.
  • And an exchange between Dennis C. Hardin and Roger E. Bissell on Rand’s account of the differences between liberals and conservatives (near the end of her essay “Censorship: Local and Express,”  in Philosophy: Who Needs It).

Congrats to everyone involved–it looks great, aesthetically and otherwise.

As it happens, the July 2013 issue of Ethics has just come out as well, featuring a symposium on David Gauthier‘s Morals by Agreement.

An IOU: I’m hoping to get to the queries in the comments re Hummel, Jesus, and Aristotle/Peter Singer/moral epistemology sometime within the next few days.


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