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Russian Radical 2.0: Skeen Review and Forthcoming JARS Essay

I previously mentioned here at Notablog that Ilene Skeen had reviewed the second edition of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical. Skeen has now posted a version of that review on the blog "The Moral Case: For and Against." The review, entitled "Objectivism in Context" appears here.

I should mention that my own essay, "Reply to the Critics of Russian Radical 2.0: The Dialectical Rand," will be published in the December 2017 issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, along with a companion reply from Roger Bissell, entitled "Reply to the Critics of Russian Radical 2.0: Defining Issues."

My article does not address Skeen's specific review, since it went to press prior to the appearance of the Skeen essay. However, it does address most of the central issues that Skeen raises.

I should mention, in passing, that aside from writing prefaces and introductions to special issues of the journal, I have spent the last twelve years editing essays written by others. Not that there's anything wrong with that; I embrace the role I've played as a founding co-editor of the journal with open arms!

But literally, I have not published a single bona fide scholarly contribution to the journal since the Fall 2005 issue, which included my essay, "The Rand Transcript, Revisited." That essay later became Appendix II of the second edition of Russian Radical. Well, as one can imagine, I really do have a lot to say in the new essay, about the historical and methodological theses of my book on Rand. It is an essay that, in my humble opinion, is a definitive addition to the scholarly literature on Rand, because it not only engages critics of the second edition (including such critics as Wendy McElroy, who wrote a review of the second edition for JARS that appeared in the July 2015 issue; and two critics whose commentary on my work appears in the Blackwell Companion to Ayn Rand), but enhances my own historical and methodological interpretive work on Rand with some significant new research.

Having just signed off on the second corrected page proofs of the December 2017 issue, I can tell readers that the year-end edition contains many provocative essays. Watch this space for more information on the forthcoming JARS. And thanks again to Ilene Skeen for adding the review to "The Moral Case" blog!