GOODREADS REVIEW OF AYN RAND: THE RUSSIAN RADICAL 2.0
Skeen's five-star review of the second edition of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical (which also appears on the amazon.com site), tells us that "Sciabarra'a admiration for Rand is evident. He is storming the fortress of academic philosophy, by exploring how Ayn Rand's thought relates to the academic philosophy that has thus far largely spurned her. . . . The question Sciabarra raises for me, which I find riveting, even revolutionary, is what is there about Rand's method that allows her to disregard all the methods and their many variations, and still wind up with a complete, cogent and organic philosophical whole? To my knowledge, no other book intended for the lay market has stimulated that question, framed as Sciabarra has done, specifically with the history of philosophy as the background. The exploration of this question, which has interested me greatly, is the second most important benefit I have gleaned from ARTRR.
"The new edition of ARTRR includes three appendices relating to Rand's college education and the results of Sciabarra's efforts to find, preserve and understand the historical facts of Ayn Rand's introduction to philosophy as a student in Russia. Without Sciabarra's efforts, this valuable information would otherwise have been lost. This benefit of Sciabarra's work is clearly priceless. . . . Chris Matthew Sciabarra has rewarded me with a refined sense of the enormity of the task before us. Truly, despite my sometimes harsh sounding criticisms, I believe that Sciabarra, like myself is working and living by Ayn Rand's principles, and has come not to bury her, but to praise her."
The review also appears on Skeen's blog "The Moral Case: For and Against."
|The Author's reply to
criticms of Russian Radical 2.0 is forthcoming in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies.