Ayn Rand Society Philosophical Studies by Gotthelf and Lennox, editors
The Ayn Rand Society will be issuing an annual series under the title Ayn Rand Society Philosophical Studies. The publisher will be University of Pittsburgh Press. Allan Gotthelf will edit the series, with James Lennox as associate editor. Bravo! I am a member of a couple of other APA Societies, in addition to being a member of ARS. One issu... (See the whole review)
It's official. No mention of price, but small-run academic books can be hideously expensive.
June 15, 2010 To: ARS members and contributors From: Allan Gotthelf
On behalf of the ARS Steering Committee, I am delighted to report that the first book in the Society's new series, Ayn Rand Society Philosophical Studies, has been announced in the University of Pittsburgh Press's Fall 2010 catalog. The book, as you know from my previous memo, is titled Metaethics, Egoism, and Virtue: Studies in Ayn Rand's Normative Theory. I have served as editor and James G. Lennox as associate editor. Contributors include: Paul Bloomfield, Helen Cullyer, Allan Gotthelf, Lester H. Hunt, Irfan Khawaja, Tara Smith, Christine Swanton, and Darryl Wright. The volume will be released at the end of November 2010.
A .pdf of the catalog page may be found at http://www.upress.pitt.edu/htmlSourceFiles/pdfs/Fa10catalog.pdf The book announcement is on catalog p.13. (It is p.15 on your .pdf toolbar, which also counts the outside and inside front cover.)
I am also very pleased to announce that the Press will make the book available to Ayn Rand Society members (paid up for AY 2010-11) and contributors (for AY 2010-11) at a discount of 30%. In the next couple of months I will issue a solicitation for dues and contributions for the coming academic year. Upon payment, members and contributors will receive a discount code for use in ordering either through the Press' website or its 800 number. Those already paid for 2010-11 will receive the code at that time.
The contents of the premier issue of Ayn Rand Society Philosophical Studies are as follows:
Metaethics, Egoism, and Virtue: Studies in Ayn Rand’s Normative Theory
Reason, Choice, and the Ultimate End Reasoning about Ends: Life as a Value in Ayn Rand's Ethics —Darryl Wright The Choice to Value —Allan Gotthelf
Metaethics: Objectivist and Analytic The Foundations of Ethics: Objectivism and Analytic Philosophy* —Irfan Khawaja Rand as Eudaimonist: Replies to Khawaja* —Paul Bloomfield
Egoism and Virtue in Nietzsche and Rand Nietzsche and Rand as Virtuous Egoists —Christine Swanton Virtue and Sacrifice: Response to Swanton —Darryl Wright
Author Meets Critics: Tara Smith's Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics Rational Selves, Friends, and the Social Virtues —Helen Cullyer Egoistic Relations with Others: Response to Cullyer —Tara Smith Virtuous Egoism and Virtuous Altruism —Christine Swanton On Altruism, and the Role of Virtues in Rand's Egoism: Response to Swanton —Tara Smith What Is Included in Virtue? —Lester H. Hunt The Primacy of Action in Virtue: Response to Hunt —Tara Smith
I’m looking forward especially to the entry by Gotthelf and the two entries by Wright.
The variety of contributors makes this look interesting as a way to assess the level of understanding, level of debate among somewhat favorably disposed academics.
Even though much of this - and the debate over it - is familiar material to me and I have a lot of good non-philosophical and non-objectivist material waiting to be read, I'll probably buy the book* and keep my fingers crossed.
* depending on price (after discount) as robert said - if it's not the usual exorbitant small-circulation academic ripoff, only affordable by subsidized professors and a handful of university libraries.