Volume 15, Number 2 (Issue 30, December 2015) of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, published by Pennsylvania State University Press, is the current issue, continuing our tradition of multiperspectival, interdisciplinary studies of Ayn Rand and her times. And like every issue in the history of the publication, we always take pride in publishing the work of at least one new contributor to The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, a further indication of just how important the study of Rand has become. The current issue is our thirtieth issue; we have published a total of 290 essays by 152 different authors (obviously, some authors have been published in JARS more than once). The bottom line is that if someone had told me in 1999 that such statistics were possible, I would not have believed them. At most, I figured there were a few dozen scholars out there who would be willing to publish in a Rand journal, but even fewer, once you consider that some authors in Rand-land would refuse to appear in a journal that would dare "sanction" the publication of essays from Slavoj Zizek, Bill Martin, and Gene Bell-Villada to George Reisman, David Kelley, and various members of our Editorial and Advisory Boards, to name but a few. But those authors outside our orbit have always had an open invitation to publish in this journal; if the Berlin Wall can fall down, anything is possible.
And so, in concluding our Fifteenth Anniversary Year, we offer another provocative issue. Eric B. Dent and new JARS contributor John A. Parnell, contribute an essay that makes the Objectivist case for reconciling economics and ethics in business ethics education. Continuing the pedagogical theme, Edward W. Younkins discusses the treatment of business and businesspeople in Rand's Atlas Shrugged, and how these paradigmatic heroic portraits have been used in college-level business courses.
We then move onto the conclusion of Roger E. Bissell's Opus (Part 1 appeared in the December 2014 issue of JARS), which rethinks issues in epistemology, logic, and "the objective," by mining the insights of Rand's unit-perspective view of concepts. The issue ends with a lively discussion between Michelle Marder Kamhi and Fred Seddon, inspired by Seddon's December 2014 review of Kamhi's book, Who Says That's Art? A Commonsense View of the Visual Arts.
Readers can access the full abstracts and contributor biographies relevant to the contents of this year-end edition of the journal.
JARS readers should savor
the new December 2015 issue, because we won't publish another issue until next
December. 2016 is going to be a
banner year in the history of this journal. The December 2016 issue will be the
first double-issue in our history (Volume 16, nos. 1 & 2). Our "Call for Papers"
on the topic of "Assessing the Work and Legacy of Nathaniel Branden" has
resulted in a symposium of considerable size, featuring submissions from an
international group of scholars, providing critical, interpretive perspectives
from disciplines as varied as literature, history, politics, and, of course,
psychology. In fact, a sizable proportion of our contributors have no
connection to Objectivism whatsoever, but they speak as professional
psychologists who learned much from the man who many consider to be the "father"
of the self-esteem movement in contemporary psychology. The issue will also
include the first print publication of "Objectivism: Past and Future," a
1996 transcribed Branden lecture (and Q&A session). And we will also publish the
most extensive annotated bibliography ever assembled of Branden's work and the
existing secondary literature. This will be such an historic issue, that
Pennsylvania State University Press, which typically publishes a regular print
run, and its JSTOR electronic version, has also committed to the publication of
e-book / Kindle edition, the first in our history.
- Chris Matthew Sciabarra, co-founding, co-editor, The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies
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