Roger Bissell Posted April 3, 2006 Share Posted April 3, 2006 Chris Sciabarra's editorial policy in Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, and the more general approach of outreach to academia, has taken some hard raps from the more insular, cloistered folk in the Objectivist movement. In reply to one of them just a little shy of two years ago, I wrote the following comments:[An academic's] "nod of approval" might just get the ideas you champion a chance for a hearing in a college classroom, even if they regard YOU as wrong. "Reaching minds" does not necessarily entail the brass ring of agreement with the CONTENT of your ideas. It may involve the still considerably valuable agreement that your ideas merit a HEARING.John Hospers did not swallow all of Ayn Rand's ideas -- not by a long shot. Yet, he liked and agreed with some of them. And probably more important, he recognized the challenging, intellectually stimulating nature of her writings, and he engaged with her ideas and included excerpts and references to her ideas in his own philosophy books.And this happened, even with Rand's abrasive, heavy-handed manner of communicating with him. (See their correspondence in The Ayn Rand Letters.) Think of how much more Rand could have accomplished with Hospers (and other academics), if she had eased off of the intellectual strong-arm tactics. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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