Volume 15, Number 1 (Issue 29, July 2015) of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, published by Pennsylvania State University Press, is the current issue, exhibiting our truly interdisciplinary character. Essays dealing with subjects as diverse as epistemology, literary criticism, psychology, feminism, and ethics are featured. The issue begins with a Call for Papers on the subject, "Assessing the Legacy of Nathaniel Branden," written by one of the founding co-editors, Chris Matthew Sciabarra (see here). Susan Love Brown then delves into the controversial issue of "Ayn Rand and Rape," focusing on the famous "rape" scene in Rand's novel, The Fountainhead. Co-authors Marc Champagne and Mimi Reisel Gladstein present the first essay in the literature that engages in a comparative study of the works of Simone de Beauvoir and Ayn Rand.
In keeping with our tradition of expanding the global universe of scholars engaging in Rand studies and appearing in our pages for the first time, we have Anna Kostenko, a professor teaching at the National Technical University in Zaporozhye, Ukraine, who examines the parallels and distinctions beteen Rand and Vladimir Nabokov; Gary Chartier, professor of law and business ethics from La Cierra University, who reviews Jason Brennan's book, Why Not Capitalism?; author Troy Camplin, who reviews two current studies in libertarian literary criticism (one by Allen P. Mendenhall, the other by Edward W. Younkins); and feminist-libertarian scholar Wendy McElroy, who reviews the second edition of Sciabarra's book, Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical, which will, no doubt, provoke a discussion in one of our forthcoming issues. The new July 2015 edition also includes essays by Roger E. Bissell, critiquing the Objectivist theory of volition, and Robert L. Campbell, critiquing the notion of "psychologizing" in the Rand literature. The issue is rounded out by a symposium featuring a discussion of Marsha Familaro Enright's provocative July 2014 essay "The Problem of Selfishness," with replies by Arnold Baise and Merlin Jetton, and a rejoinder by Enright. That essay has provoked so many responses that we will be featuring a follow-up discussion in our July 2016 issue. Our December 2016 is tentatively set for the forthcoming symposium, "Assessing the Work and Legacy of Nathaniel Branden," which is fast filling up with contributions from scholars across the globe coming from vastly different disciplines. For further details, see here and here.
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