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Volume 11, No. 1 - July 2011
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface: The Eleventh Year - Chris Matthew Sciabarra, p. 1
Prometheus: Ayn Rand's Ethic of Creation, pp. 3-18
Like Prometheus, Ayn Rand's heroes would seem valuable much less for what they do for themselves, than for others. I argue, first, however, that the ethical scheme implied by her treatment of these figures is properly classed as neither "egoist" nor "altruist," for the value invested by the creator in his creation eludes both views. A more satisfactory Randian ethic of creation, it becomes clear, must involve a distinction between Nietzschean "self-reverence" versus mere "self-interest" and, much more substantially, Aristotle's distinction between those in whom "self-love" is good and those in whom it is not.
Ayn Rand's Economic Thought, pp. 19-44
This article explicates Ayn Rand's economic thought as expressed in her nonfiction and fiction writings. It concludes that Rand's formal knowledge of economics was relatively limited and that her case for the free market economy is almost entirely ethical and political. Nevertheless, her insight into the complexity of such an economy was acute and her view that true human flourishing is only possible in a laissez-faire context rested on the recognition that it is the only context that can completely liberate the creative potential of the human mind.
A Political Standard for Absolute Political Freedom, pp. 45-62
This paper derives political freedoms from the ethics of egoism, demonstrates the equivalence of absolute political freedom and Liberty, and advocates absolute political freedom as a moral ideal. Protection of voluntary consent along an individualÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entire politically legitimate valuing chain provides a standard for identifying political freedoms. Actions meeting the standard are political freedoms. Actions violating the standard are violations of political freedom. As a political standard, protection of voluntary consent is presented as superior to either the non-initiation of force or the non-aggression axiom.
Ayn Rand, Religion, and Libertarianism, pp. 63-79
Ayn Rand most certainly favored liberty, although she renounced the "libertarian" appellation. Yet, in her continuous, contemptuous and shrill attacks on religion, she was denigrating an institution that has made great contributions to freedom. The present essay is an attempt to right the balance; to demonstrate that religion and liberty are not the enemies supposed by Rand.
The Rewriting of Ayn Rand's Spoken Answers, pp. 81-151
Robert L. Campbell
This essay compares audio recordings of Ayn Rand's question and answer sessions with Robert Mayhew's renditions as published in the Estate-approved volume Ayn Rand Answers. Mayhew, it turns out, rewrote nearly every answer included in the book. He abridged long answers, rearranged parts of answers, left transcription errors uncorrected, and was frequently insensitive to Rand's style of speaking. Mayhew even deleted portions of a few answers deemed embarrassing to Leonard Peikoff and the Estate of Ayn Rand (e.g., references to cigarette smoking or to Nathaniel Branden) and kept other answers (e.g., about homosexuality or amphetamine use) out of the volume entirely.
Essays on Atlas Shrugged, pp. 153-56
This essay provides a review of Essays on Ayn RandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Atlas Shrugged, edited by Robert Mayhew, who has edited three other books, each devoted to one of RandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s novels. This collection offers 22 essays on a variety of topics.
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