Chris Matthew Sciabarra, Ph.D.



An effort to reclaim dialectics as a viable methodology for libertarian social theory.


Building upon his previous books about Marx, Hayek, and Rand, Total Freedom completes what Lingua Franca has called Sciabarra's "epic scholarly quest" to reclaim dialectics, usually associated with the Marxian left, as a methodology that can revivify libertarian thought.   Part One surveys the history of dialectics from the ancient Greeks through the Austrian school of economics.  Part Two investigates in detail the work of Murray Rothbard as a leading modern libertarian in whose thought Sciabarra finds both dialectical and non-dialectical elements.  Ultimately, Sciabarra aims for a dialectical-libertarian synthesis, highlighting the need (not sufficiently recognized in liberalism) to think of the "totality" of interconnections in a dynamic system as the way to ensure human freedom, while avoiding "totalitarianism" (such as resulted from Marxism).

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Total Freedom:  Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism
Chris Matthew Sciabarra

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"Total Freedom offers a convincing demonstration of how crucial a role dialectics has played in the work of our greatest philosophers.  No one interested in dialectics--or in the problems of change and interaction on which it centers--can afford to miss Sciabarra's scholarly and surprisingly lucid history of dialectical thinking."  -- Bertell Ollman, author of Alienation and Dialectical Investigations

"Total Freedom is a first-rate contribution to social theory and the enduring political project of a free and humane society."  -- Peter Boettke, author of Why Perestroika Failed:   The Politics and Economics of Socialist Transformation

" . . . a profoundly radical social perspective . . . a bold successor to Marxian radicalism . . . Its scholarship is extraordinary."  -- Don Lavoie, author of Rivalry and Central Planning


Chris Matthew Sciabarra is Visiting Scholar at the Department of Politics of New York University.  He is the author of Marx, Hayek, and Utopia (SUNY, 1995) and Ayn Rand:  The Russian Radical (Penn State, 1995) and co-editor of Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand (Penn State, 1999).  He also edits The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies.  For more information on Sciabarra's work, visit his Website:

Library of Congress.  Author: Sciabarra, Chris Matthew, 1960-   .  Title: Total freedom : toward a dialectical libertarianism / Chris Matthew Sciabarra. Published: University Park, PA : Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000.   Description: LC Call No.: JC585.S437 2000.  Dewey No.: 320.51/2 21.   ISBN: 0271020482 (cloth: alk. paper); 0271020490 (pbk.: alk. paper).  Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.  Subjects:  Libertarianism. Dialectic. Control No.: 11847443.

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