Periodicals that Discuss Objectivism
Published by Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand published (or co-published) three newsletters/magazines in her lifetime. Detailed content listings are available for each:
- The Objectivist Newsletter
The Objectivist Newsletter was published monthly from January 1962 to December 1965, when it was replaced by The Objectivist. Information about The Objectivist Newsletter:
Recommended by Ayn Rand
Although she did not publish them, Ayn Rand did write for the following periodicals, and recommended them to others:
- The Intellectual Activist
Of all the Objectivist periodicals that published articles by Rand, only The Intellectual Activist is still being published. The content listings are available as follows:
- Chronologically by Issue Date
TIA maintains its own lists of back issues and their contents, including more recent issues. These are available through their "TIA Store".
The following periodicals began publication after Rand's death in 1982. They vary in their scope and may include articles by non-Objectivist authors, but all include significant amounts of material based on Rand's ideas. "Based on Rand's ideas" does not necessarily mean "Objectivist." Articles for these periodicals may have a post-Objectivist or neo-Objectivist perspective that is only partly based on Rand's own ideas. None of these publications claim to speak for Rand or her estate, nor are any of them authorized to do so. This list does not include periodicals that only occasionally publish articles by or about Objectivists. Organizational newsletters and publications delivered purely through the internet (such as webzines) are also not included here.
This "journal on the arts," which described its editorial perspective as "broadly informed by Objectivism," was published irregularly from 1982 to 1997. Contents for back issues are available. The magazine has since been restarted in an online-only format.
- Final Cause
This bimonthly magazine was published in 1997 and 1998. The publication is defunct, but the website is still available.
- The Free Radical
Although also self-described as "libertarian" (a term Rand abjured), The Free Radical explicitly claims inspiration from Rand, and the editor has worked for the Objectivist Center. This bi-monthly magazine was founded in 1994. An archive of back issue content is available.
- Full Context
Full Context began publication in 1988 as a monthly (ten months per year) newsletter for the Objectivist Club of Michigan, and became an independent magainze in 1990. In 1998 it became bimonthly. It ceased publication in 2002. Their stated editorial mission was "to be an open forum for the discussion of ideas from an Objectivist perspective" (emphasis in original). This publication was sympathetic to the positions of David Kelley and the Objectivist Center. The magazine has ceased publication, but its website is still available.
- The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies
Founded in 1999, The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies describes itself as a "nonpartisan journal devoted to the study of Ayn Rand and her times." This semi-annual journal is interdisciplinary, with essays discussing Rand from biographical, literary, philosophical and other perspectives. Content listings for back issues are available through their website.
This name was used for two different journals, both of which are now defunct. The first was published from 1990 to 1998. An online archive of the magazine's contents is available. The name was then obtained for a second journal, which apparently published a single issue in 2001.
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