So, there is a new good thing in the world.
Back in 1990, in the wake of the Peikoff-Kelley split and Truth and Toleration, David Kelley founded the Institute for Objectivist Studies as an alternative to the rigidly dogmatic Ayn Rand Institute. (I assume I dont have to explain to readers of this blog what the Peikoff-Kelley split was or why Kelleys side was right; but Ill be happy to do so if anyone asks.)
The Institute for Objectivist Studies changed its name to Objectivist Center in 1999, and then as its focus shifted from academics to popular advocacy to Atlas Society in 2006. (Strictly speaking, both the Objectivist Center and the Atlas Society date from 1999, with the latter beginning as a special project of the former, and in 2006 the two simply switched roles like substance and property in the Furth-Gill model of elemental change. Yes, there will be a test on this later.)
Now in 2013 my old friends Irfan Khawaja and Carrie-Ann Biondi (who also edit Reason Papers), have started up, with Kelleys blessing (but no official affiliation), a new, more academically oriented outfit with the old name of Institute for Objectivist Studies, to uphold the banner of responsible Rand scholarship against the forces of ARIanism. Website here; blog here.
Congratulations and good luck to Irfan and Carrie-Ann! I wont wish confusion to their enemies, because thats the problem already.
[…] I’m happy to announce that I’ve joined the Advisory Board of the regenerated Institute for Objectivist Studies (about which I’ve previously blogged). […]