Washington Metro Objectivism Discussion (WMOD)

            Sunday, March 19, 2000   

                "Ayn Rand"
              By Tibor Machan 

Next week in the DC area there will be two chances to hear from 
authors of new books on Ayn Rand.  On Tuesday, March 14, 
professors Tibor Machan and Douglas J. Den Uyl will discuss their
new books at a Cato Institute Book Forum.  Then on Sunday, March
19, Tibor Machan will speak about his book at the March WMOD

Here is an excerpt from a review of professor Machan's new book 
"Ayn Rand" by David M. Brown who is the editor of the 

"The best book on Rand's philosophy since Chris Sciabarra's Ayn
Rand: The Russian Radical! Philosopher Tibor R. Machan has ably
championed the cause of reason and freedom for decades. An early
editor of Reason magazine, he also is the editor of Reason Papers
and author of hundreds of cutting-edge articles and books.

Nobody is better qualified than neo-Objectivist Machan to author
this concise yet comprehensive primer on the ideas of Ayn Rand.
His lucid new primer is fully accessible to the beginning student.
Yet it also grapples with some of the most technical objections to
her thinking, making it an invaluable resource for more advanced

No ifs, ands, or buts: if you admire Ayn Rand and her
work--or just want to understand better what she achieved--this
book is a mandatory addition to your library. Bravissimo!"

Tibor R. Machan, Professor Emeritus at the Department
of Philosophy, Auburn University, AL, is now a professor
at the Argyros School of Business & Economics, Chapman
University, CA, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution,
Stanford University, and political adviser to Freedom
Communications, Inc., The Orange County Register's family
owned parent company.  He is a widely published columnist,
author of 20 books, most recently "Ayn Rand" (Peter Lang, 2000),
editor of another 15 and has written a couple of hundred
scholarly papers.  He edits "Reason Papers", an annual journal
of interdisciplinary normative studies. Machan lives, with
his youngest daughter, in Silverado, CA.

                 CATO BOOK FORUM

From the Cato Web Site http://www.cato.org:

Tuesday, March 14, 2000 
6:30 p.m. (followed by reception)
The Cato Institute's F.A. Hayek Auditorium 
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20001 
Watch the event live on the Internet

"Ayn Rand", by Tibor Machan 

"The Fountainhead: An American Novel", by Douglas J. Den Uyl 

Featuring the Authors

"One of the most articulate defenders of American individualism
against the collectivist trend of the first three-quarters of the
last century was a Russian immigrant, Ayn Rand. Her influence is
coming to be felt more and more in academic, artistic, and
intellectual circles in America, as evidenced by news coverage,
a new journal devoted to her thought, and a spate of new books,
most recently the two to be featured at this Cato Book Forum.
Tibor Machan is the author of a number of works in philosophy
(including 'Generosity: Virtue in Civil Society' from Cato), 
distinguished fellow and professor at the Leatherby Center of
Chapman University in California, and a research fellow at the
Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Douglas J. Den Uyl
is a former professor of philosophy at Bellarmine College, editor
(with Douglas Rasmussen) of The Philosophic Thought of Ayn Rand,
author of 'The Virtue of Prudence', and director of educational
programs at the Liberty Fund, an educational foundation based
in Indianapolis. 

To register for this event, please call Christie Raniszewski by
March 13, 2000, at (202) 789-5229, fax her at (202) 371-0841,
or e-mail to christier@cato.org. 


Thanks again to Carol Moore for her Friday, January 21
talk on "Waco, Secession and John Galt".  There was
no February WMOD meeting.

Please join WMOD on Sunday, March 19.  Anyone who is
interested in rational discussion of Ayn Rand's ideas is welcome.
Note that our meeting location is Metro accessible.  You can
either join us for drinks at 6:30 with dinner at 7 PM and/or for
the talk (free) at 8:15 PM at the Hunan Palace in Rosslyn, VA
just across the Key Bridge from Georgetown.  The street address is
1812 North Moore Street.  If you come by Metro, get off at the
Rosslyn Metro Exit and the Hunan Palace is only a few feet away.
Take the street exit on N. Moore Street (across street from Roy
Rogers/Burger King), go out of Metro and take a left, and the
Palace is a few feet down N. Moore Street.  If you drive, there is
a parking garage (Allstate) next door to the Palace that is free
after 6:00 PM.  Due to construction you may have to go down the
ramp to the underground level.  There will be a $15 fixed price
dinner (including tax and tip), or you can order from the menu. 
Please RSVP to WMOD at (703) 820-7696 before noon on Sunday
3/19 so that we can tell the restaurant how many tables to set
up and how many to expect for dinner.  For more information,
call the Hunan Palace at (703) 528-8188, or call David Saum
at (703) 820-7696 (W) or (703) 671-5119 (H).  

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related to Objectivism.  Please contact WMOD if you have
suggestions for meeting topics and locations, or if you can
volunteer some time to arrange meetings.


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