Friday, February 20, 2009

Roger Bissell, the Muse-Seeker

Roger BisseII, is a musician, student of psychology, and self-proclaimed "muse-seeker" who has authored several articles on Ayn Rand and her theory of music. His work is now available for your perusal at rogerbissell. com. Perhaps his most notable work is "Art and Microcosm: The Real Meaning of the Objectivist Concept of Art," in which he defends Rand's theory while making his case that both music and architecture both fit comfortably under the aegis of her definition. Other articles of interest regarding Rand and music abound on his site, including:

A Critical Examination of the Notions of Art as "Imitation of Nature" and "Re-Creation of Reality" (1974 paper, unpublished)

The Essence of Art (Objectivity, vol. 2, no. 5, December 1997, special material in the notes added April 2000)

Thoughts on Musical Characterization and Plot: the Symbolic and Emotional Power of Dramatic Music (ART Ideas, 1998)

Kamhi and Torres on Meaning in Ayn Rand's Esthetics (Reason Papers#23, 1998)

Music and Perceptual Cognition (Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, Fall 1999, special material in the notes added April 2000)

Rockin’ with Rand: Sailing the Turbulent Seas of the Objectivist Aesthetics(Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, Fall 2000)

Critical Misinterpretations and Missed Opportunities: Errors and Omissions by Kamhi and Torres (Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, Spring 2001)

A Neglected Source for Rand’s Aesthetics (Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, vol. 4, no. 1, Fall 2002)

Art as Microcosm: the Real Meaning of the Objectivist Concept of Art (Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, vol. 5, no. 2, Spring 2004)

Langer and Camus: Unexpected Post-Kantian Affinities with Rand’s Aesthetics (Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, vol. 7, no. 1, Fall 2005)





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