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Volume 2, No. 2 - Spring 2001

Issue #4



GENE H. BELL-VILLADA, Professor (and former Chair), Department of Romance Languages, Weston Hall, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267, email: <>, has published essays, reviews, fiction, and satires in numerous journals, including The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, In These Times, Monthly Review, Commonweal, Salmagundi, Triquarterly, and The Nation. His books on Borges and on García Márquez are now standard classroom items, and his Art for Art's Sake and Literary Life was a finalist for the 1997 National Book Critics Circle Award. He has also published two books of fiction, The Carlos Chadwick Mystery and The Pianist Who Liked Ayn Rand: A Novella & 13 Stories.

ROGER BISSELL, a professional musician and graduate student in psychology at California Coast University, email:<>, url:<>, is a writer on psychology and philosophy. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including Reason Papers, Objectivity, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Vera Lex, and ART Ideas.

RANDALL R. DIPERT, C. S. Peirce Professor of American Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York 14260, <>, has published on aesthetics, the philosophy of mind, and logic, including Artifacts, Art Works, and Agency (1993).

JOHN ENRIGHT, email: <>, a poet and computer consultant, has written and lectured on many aspects of the aesthetics of poetry. His essays have appeared in Objectivity, Full Context, Objectively Speaking and Nomos. He is the author of Starbound And Other Poems (Axton).

JOHN HOSPERS, Professor Emeritus (Department of Philosophy, University of Southern California), 8229 Lookout Mt. Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90046, email: <>, was a professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College in the early 1960s when he met Ayn Rand on the occasion of Rand's speech at the college in the spring of 1960. She invited him to her home, and they had regular discussions for several years prior to his moving to California. He was Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Southern California for some years, and is now retired and living in Los Angeles. He has written more than a hundred articles, and his best-known books include Introduction to Philosophical Analysis and Human Conduct. He was the first candidate for U. S. President for the Libertarian Party (1972) and still gives talks to various groups, such as the International Society for Individual Liberty.

LESTER H. HUNT, Professor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 600 North Park Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53706; email: <>, url: <>, is the author of Nietzsche and the Origin of Virtue (Routledge) and Character and Culture (Rowman and Littlefield).

GREGORY R. JOHNSON, <>, is a philosopher in private practice in Atlanta.

DAVID KELLEY, Executive Director, The Objectivist Center, 11 Raymond Avenue, Suite 31, Poughkeepsie, New York 12603, email: <>, is the author of The Evidence of the Senses, The Art of Reasoning, A Life of One's Own, and numerous other articles, monographs, and reviews. A new edition of his Truth and Toleration, re-titled The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand: Truth and Toleration in the Objectivist Movement, has just been published by The Objectivist Center and Transaction Publishers.

RODERICK T. LONG, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, 6080 Haley Center, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36849, email: <>, url: <>, A.B. Harvard 1985, Ph.D. Cornell 1992, is the author of Reason and Value: Aristotle versus Rand (The Objectivist Center, 2000), and various articles on ethics, libertarianism, and Greek philosophy.

TIBOR R. MACHAN, Distinguished Fellow and Professor at the Leatherby Center of Chapman University, Argyros School of Business and Economics, Orange, California 92866, email: <>, is also Professor Emeritus at Auburn University's Department of Philosophy and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution (Stanford, California). He has written, among other works, Ayn Rand (Peter Lang, 1999), Generosity: Virtue in the Civil Society (Cato Institute, 1998), and Classical Individualism: The Supreme Importance of Each Human Being (Routledge, 1998). He is editor of the series "Philosophic Reflections on a Free Society" at the Hoover Institution Press.

MICHAEL NEWBERRY, Theophiliskou 5, 85100 Rhodes, Greece, email: <>, url: <>, is a painter who has exhibited his work throughout the world. He taught at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and has given lectures on the creative process and form versus formlessness at The Objectivist Center's Summer Seminars. In July 1999, he was featured in CNN International's "The Art Club," which had a worldwide audience.

DAVID RASMUSSEN is an independent scholar living in Carson City, Nevada.

JEFF RIGGENBACH, email: <>, is the author of In Praise of Decadence (Prometheus, 1998). He has been a working critic of the arts (most notably of literature, music, and film) since 1972, publishing widely in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Berkeley Monthly, Libertarian Review, Reason, and Inquiry. From 1996 to 2000, he taught courses in philosophy, music appreciation, popular culture, and writing at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

ALEXANDER TABARROK, Vice President and Director of Research, The Independent Institute, 100 Swan Way, Oakland, California 94621- 1428, email: <>, received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. He has taught economics at the University of Virginia and Ball State University. His papers have appeared in The Journal of Law and Economics, Public Choice, Economic Inquiry, The Journal of Health Economics, The Journal of Theoretical Politics, and many other academic journals. In addition, he has contributed opinion-editorial pieces to magazines and newspapers across the United States.

BARRY VACKER, Assistant Professor, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 75275, email:  <, url:  <>, is author of many articles on aesthetics and technology. His forthcoming book, Chaos at the Edge of Utopia, offers a radical reinterpretation of the aesthetics and technologies of utopia, past and future.




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