AYN RAND:THE RUSSIAN RADICAL

AYN RAND:THE RUSSIAN RADICAL

PUBLISHED REVIEWS

JAMES G. LENNOX, REASON (FEBRUARY 1996):  62-65


"REACHING FOR ROOTS"

This review is virtually the same review that James G. Lennox published in the IOS Journal (November 1995).  The additional points raised by Lennox in the Reason review are excerpted below by permission of the Institute for Objectivist Studies (now The Objectivist Center).

"The recently published Letters of Ayn Rand contains a number of letters, especially those to Isabel Paterson and John Hospers, in which Rand discusses philosophical method and the history of modern philosophy. The picture that emerges from them is of a young novelist caught up in the battle for liberty and individualism in an America quickly succumbing to the collectivism from which she had fled, beginning to explore the philosophical foundations of this battleground. (Sciabarra reviewed Letters in the November 1995 issue of Reason.)  They show no hint of the sorts of influences that Sciabarra conjectures were crucial to her philosophical development.

AYN RAND: THE RUSSIAN RADICAL asks an important question. But until better historical evidence is provided, the claim that Russian dialectics is the key to Rand's philosophical odyssey remains an uncompromising conjecture."


Sciabarra Responds to Lennox Click here to view the Author's response

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