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    What’s in Your File Folder? Part 2: Epistemology, Logic, and “The Objective”.Roger E. Bissell - 2015 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 15 (2):185-279.
    The author discusses how Rand’s largely underdeveloped concept of the “dual-aspect objective,” first introduced in the 1960s, is vital for understanding how knowledge is grounded in reality. He defines it, then applies it to perception and introspection, and to concepts, propositions, and syllogisms. The author also defines content of awareness, carefully distinguishing it from both object and form of awareness, and applies those distinctions throughout. In addition, he discusses how truth is both dual-aspect and contextual, and he extends his discussion (...)
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    What's in Your File Folder? Part 3: Differentiation and Integration in Logic (and Illogic).Roger E. Bissell - 2018 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 18 (2):229-307.
    In this third installment of his series on key, underappreciated ideas in Ayn Rand's epistemology, the author discusses the nature of differentiation and integration as the functional essence of consciousness and applies that insight to various cognitive and noncognitive processes of awareness, with a special emphasis on logic and illogic. He offers an extended analysis of the fallacies of “Frozen Abstraction” and “False Alternative,” as well as critiques of a long-standing Objectivist conflation of falsity and contradiction and a relatively more (...)
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    Where There's a Will, There's a “Why”.Roger E. Bissell - 2015 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 15 (1):67-96.
    The author examines the canonical Objectivist model of free will and finds it wanting, amounting to a form of Agency—Indeterminism. Employing an Aristotelian Four Cause analysis, he explores the complementary roles of determinism and free will, as well as the conditional nature of necessity and contingency, in understanding how causality operates in the human realm. He proposes an integration of what he calls “value-determinism” and “conditional free will,” arguing that it amounts to a basic axiom of human choice and action, (...)
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    What's in Your File Folder?Roger E. Bissell - 2014 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 14 (2):171-274.
    The author contends that the Objectivist epistemology has lacked a viable model of propositional knowledge for nearly fifty years, due to neglect of Rand's unit-perspective view of concepts. This pioneering insight, he says, not only is an essential building block of her concept theory, but also welds together the three levels of logical theory and provides the clearest X-ray picture of our multilayered conceptual knowledge. Using the unit-perspective to expand Rand's theory of concepts, the author then devises a theory of (...)
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    The Non-Contradiction of Determinism.Roger E. Bissell - 2019 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 19 (2):259-275.
    The author provides another metaphysical argument to bolster his thesis of the logical harmony of determinism and volition. He shows how the typical mainstream and Objectivist doctrine of “libertarian” free will commits the same logical error as the Sophist attacks on the Law of Non-Contradiction—namely, an out-of-context interpretation of, respectively, the Law of Causality and the Law of Identity as being unconditional absolutes, which they are not and cannot be.
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    Reply to the Critics of Russian Radical 2.0: Defining Issues.Roger E. Bissell - 2017 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 17 (2):306-320.
    The author assures readers that Chris Matthew Sciabarra has met all Aristotelian requirements in full, providing not one but two definitions of “dialectics,” which, as the art of context-keeping, is indeed an essential part of Ayn Rand's philosophical method. He shows how Sciabarra's definitional process compares quite favorably in terms of timeliness, transparency, and benevolence to that of Rand and other Objectivists, and notes that Sciabarra's overriding concern, notwithstanding his obvious great respect for Rand's substantive philosophical achievements, has been to (...)
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    Where There’s a Will, There’s a “Why?” Part 2: Implications of Value Determinism for the Objectivist Concepts of “Value,” “Sacrifice,” “Virtue,” “Obligation,” and “Responsibility”.Roger E. Bissell - 2022 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 22 (2):251-317.
    ABSTRACT The author continues his challenge to the “official” Objectivist view of free will by addressing the implications of his value-determinism/conditional-volition model for various Objectivist moral concepts including value, sacrifice, virtue, obligation, and moral and legal responsibility and accountability. He argues that based on Rand’s definitions, the conventional understandings of sacrifice or betrayal of values, lapses in virtue, and breaches in morality need considerable reconceptualizing. The author gives special attention to Rand and Kant with regard to lying, use of force, (...)
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    Eudaimon in the Rough: Perfecting Rand’s Egoism.Roger E. Bissell - 2020 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 20 (2):452-478.
    The author argues that Rand’s ethical theory is much closer in essence to the eudaimonist, self-perfectionist perspectives of Aristotle and the neo-Aristotelians, Douglas Den Uyl and Douglas Rasmussen, than to the “selfish,” egoistic ethics many assume to be her basic position. He discusses Rand’s anti-hedonist and pro-rational selfishness positions as corollaries of man’s life as the standard of moral value, as well as Rand’s point that treating either happiness or personal benefit as the standard of moral value is a reversal (...)
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    Rejoinder to George Lyons.Roger E. Bissell - 2021 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 21 (1):126-140.
    The author explains that his previous philosophical arguments for compatibilism provide a robust basis for ethical and legal responsibility. He defends entity causation, arguing that no coherent model of the universe, including human action, can be formulated that rejects entities as the nexus of identity and causality. Finally, he contends, ontological compatibilism and ethical compatibilism are both best supported by a more fundamental methodological compatibilism of philosophical and scientific approaches to seeking truth.
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    The Nathaniel Branden Annotated Bibliography.Roger E. Bissell, Stephen Cox, Robert L. Campbell, Roderick T. Long & Chris Matthew Sciabarra - 2016 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 16 (1-2):260-294.
    This bibliography constitutes the most extensive compilation of references on Nathaniel Branden yet published.
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    Ayn Rand and the Lost Axiom of Aristotle: A Philosophical Mystery—Solved?Roger E. Bissell - 2019 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 19 (1):47-82.
    The author explains how Rand was absolutely correct in saying that Aristotle “stated the formula” of the Law of Identity. He corrects long-standing faulty Thomist criticisms on this issue and gives due credit to thinkers such as Antonius Andreas, Leibniz, and William Hamilton. The author further contends that the gradual shift in Objectivist usage of the Law of Identity tacitly ratifies these erroneous criticisms and has actually contributed to the failure of Objectivist thinkers to develop Rand's concept theory into a (...)
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    Rejoinder to Dennis C. Hardin.Roger E. Bissell - 2013 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 13 (1):73-78.
    The author reiterates his thesis that the motivation for power lust in liberals, conservatives, and totalitarians cannot be explained by “metaphysical importance” of economic or noneconomic activity per se, but only by the metaphysical fear that voluntary action in one or both of these realms evokes in statists of whatever stripe. Rand actually made both of these arguments, but only the latter has psychological explanatory power and plausibility in terms of Rand's discussion of the benevolent and malevolent universe premises, and (...)
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    How We Live: A Dialectical Examination of Human Existence.Roger E. Bissell - 2023 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 23 (1-2):280-313.
    The author endeavors to show how dialectical methods can reveal and clarify Ayn Rand’s philosophy from the two vital perspectives of the lives of individual human beings in relation to the world and in relation to other people and the social institutions under which they live. In so doing, he applies Chris Matthew Sciabarra’s Tri-Level Analysis model of social relations (derived from Rand’s social commentaries) and relates Rand’s metaphysical value-judgments to the cardinal values and virtues of her ethics.
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    Barbara Branden's Bibliography.Roger E. Bissell - 2014 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 14 (1):5-9.
    This is an expanded, annotated bibliography of the work of the late Barbara Branden, who was Ayn Rand's first biographer, and who made many contributions to the early Objectivist literature.
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    Critical Misinterpretations and Missed Opportunities: Errors and Omissions by Kamhi and Torres.Roger B. Bissell - 2001 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 2 (2):299-310.
    ROGER E. BISSELL points out scholarly and ahistorical lapses in Kamhi and Torres's Journal of Ayn Rand Studies essay, "Critical Neglect of Ayn Rand's Theory of Art" . He argues that they have misrepresented and neglected the views of others, and have inaccurately depicted the extent to which his own essays liken and contrast music with the other arts. Bissell criticizes their failure to acknowledge Rand's "microcosm" view of art as "re-creation of reality," which is fundamentally at odds with the (...)
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    Mistaken Identity: Long's Conflation of Dialectics and Organicism.Roger E. Bissell - 2002 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 3 (2).
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    Not Enough Primary Categories in Peikoff's DIM? Salutary Eclecticism and an ACID Test.Roger E. Bissell - 2018 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 18 (1):98-104.
    The author reprises his review of The DIM Hypothesis by arguing for an expansion and revision of Leonard Peikoff's model to include not three, but four primary positions regarding integration : Integration, Disintegration, Abstract Misintegration, and Concrete Misintegration—and to include not just two mixtures of those primary positions, but twelve. He offers it as a work in progress and a remedy to the over-restrictiveness and resulting misrepresentations of various philosophers by Peikoff's version of the model.
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    Who John Galt Is.Roger E. Bissell - 2020 - Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 20 (1):137-145.
    The author compares two very different guides to Atlas Shrugged. The first, by Curry and Trifiletti, is a more straightforward though thoughtful examination, in sequence, of the novel's thirty chapters, while the second, by Tracinski, is a collection of mostly freestanding, insightful, and inspirational essays. Special focus is given to the treatment in each book of the length and literary merit of Galt's speech.
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