The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies

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The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies  
Discipline Philosophy
Language English
Edited by Chris Matthew Sciabarra
Stephen D. Cox
Roderick Long
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Biannual
ISSN 1526-1018 (print)
2169-7132 (web)
LCCN sn99008955
OCLC no. 41986207

The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies is an academic journal devoted to the study of the philosophy of Ayn Rand.[1] Established in 1999,[2] its founding co-editors were R. W. Bradford, Stephen D. Cox, and New York University scholar Chris Matthew Sciabarra.[3] At present, the editorial board consists of Robert L. Campbell, Stephen D. Cox, Roderick Long, and Chris Matthew Sciabarra. Since 2013, the journal has been published by Pennsylvania State University Press. Although the Objectivist movement of supporters of Rand's philosophy has been criticized as being a cult of personality,[4] the Journal of Ayn Rand Studies often publishes papers by mainstream intellectuals and academics from prestigious universities worldwide that approach Rand's legacy without hagiography.[5][6]

The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies is published twice a year. Occasionally, it publishes special issues.


In 2002, philosopher Andrew Bernstein, who is associated with the Ayn Rand Institute, contributed a brief reply to a review of the CliffsNotes for Ayn Rand's novels.[7] He subsequently issued an apology for having contributed to the journal. Bernstein wrote, "I deeply regret my thoughtless decision to contribute to this journal, and hereby irrevocably repudiate any and all association with it", and asserted that the journal was "filled with writings by people with whom I refuse to knowingly associate under any circumstances."[8] In 2007, the Department of Philosophy at Texas State University turned down a grant from the Anthem Foundation to support a visiting faculty position that would specialize in Objectivism. Bernstein was a candidate to fill the position. According to Rebecca Raphael, a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Texas State, Bernstein's apology for publishing in the journal indicated that the Anthem Foundation was expecting the person hired to meet an "ideological litmus test."[8] According to reporter David Glenn, "When asked by The Chronicle about his 2002 comments, Mr. Bernstein replied that rejecting The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies was a moral and intellectual obligation."[8]


  1. ^ Machan, Tibor (May 6, 2007). "'Atlas': Recollections of Ayn Rand". The Orange County Register. Retrieved January 2, 2008. 
  2. ^ Shea, Christopher (February 13, 2005). "Ayn Rand's Campus Radicals". The Boston Globe. Retrieved January 2, 2008. 
  3. ^ Vincent, Norah (March 14, 2000). "Gettin’ Randy". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 2, 2008. 
  4. ^ Shermer, Michael (1993). "The Unlikeliest Cult in History". Skeptic. 2 (2): 74–81. 
  5. ^ Young, Cathy (March 1, 2005). "Ayn Rand at 100". Reason. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Cohen, David (December 7, 2001). "A growing concern". The Guardian. Retrieved January 2, 2008. 
  7. ^ Bernstein, Andrew (Spring 2002). "Reply to Kirsti Minsaas: On the Ayn Rand CliffsNotes". Journal of Ayn Rand Studies. 3 (2): 349. 
  8. ^ a b c Glenn, David (July 13, 2007). "Advocates of Objectivism Make New Inroads". The Chronicle of Higher Education. 53 (45): A6–A8, A10–A13. 

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