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JARS: New December 2017 Issue Arrives!

Any day now, the December 2017 issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies will be published electronically on both JSTOR and Project Muse, and subscribers to the print version should be receiving the year-end edition in the coming weeks.

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This issue promises to be one of our most provocative yet. And in keeping with our tradition of introducing at least one new writer to the world of Rand studies with each issue we publish, we are pleased to feature articles from two new JARS contributors: Kyle Barrowman and Anastasiya Vasilievna Grigorovskaya. Readers can access the abstracts to each of the featured articles here; contributor biographies can be found here.

It should be pointed out that the website page for the two 2017 issues does not currently have functioning drop-down menus like the pages for the other "back issue" years (we're working on it!). But all of our site pages retain the top navigation bar. Thinking we had the luxury of time, our webmaster, Michael Southern, never had the opportunity to give us instructions on how to update the site in keeping with his unique design; so for now we're going with straightforward, accessible pages for the 2017 issues. Sadly, Michael was shot to death in September. He was not only our original webmaster, when the journal was founded in 1999, but he completely rebuilt our current site in 2015. He also contributed a deeply moving personal memoir to our 2016 symposium, "Nathaniel Branden: His Work and Legacy."

Michael is not the only JARS family member who passed away this year; we also lost our dear friend Murray Franck, who gave us indispensable legal advice and guidance in the early days of our journal and published an essay on the morality of taxation in our Fall 2000 issue.

In recognition of their contributions to the journal, we have dedicated the new December 2017 issue in memory of Michael Southern and Murray Franck.

And what an issue this is! It includes a diverse array of essays in keeping with both our interdisciplinary reach and our openness to the presentation of a wide range of perspectives:

Table of Contents

Volume 17, No. 2 - December 2017, Issue #34

Philosophical Problems in Contemporary Art Criticism: Objectivism, Poststructuralism, and the Axiom of Authorship
Kyle Barrowman

Profit Maximization Does Not Necessitate Profit Prioritization
Robert White

The Objective-Subjective Dichotomy and Rand's Trichotomy
Arnold Baise

When "A is not A": Reflections on a Conversation
Kathleen Touchstone

The New Type of Hero in Ayn Rand's Novels and Its Historical Roots
Anastasiya Vasilievna Grigorovskaya

Atlas Shurgged and Social Change
Edward W. Younkins


The final two articles in this issue (by Roger E. Bissell and Chris Matthew Sciabarra) were written in response to Wendy McElroy's review of the second edition of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical, which appeared in the July 2015 issue of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies. The replies also incorporate responses to other critical commentaries on Sciabarra's work, which appear in A Companion to Ayn Rand, part of the Blackwell Companions to Philosophy series. Though Ms. McElroy was invited to write a rejoinder to the replies herein, she has respectfully declined to respond due to deadline pressures regarding books and other projects to which she is committed.

Reply to the Critics of Russian Radical 2.0: Defining Issues
Roger E. Bissell

Reply to the Critics of Russian Radical 2.0: The Dialectical Rand
Chris Matthew Sciabarra


Finally, on a personal note, I'd just like to say that while I've contributed a number of essays to JARS throughout the years, I have done little more than write prefaces and introductions over the last twelve years. That drought of my own scholarship on Rand studies---due mostly to spending many hours with peer readers and authors to assure the integrity of the double-blind review process and the copyediting and proofs that follow---ends with this issue. I am delighted to finally contribute once again a bona fide scholarly essay to a journal that I cofounded with Stephen Cox and Bill Bradford back in 1999.