- Copyright: 2013
- Dimensions: 6 x 9
- Page Count: 544 pages
- Illustrations: 17 b&w illustrations
- Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-06227-3 Second Edition
“Brilliant and pathbreaking. . . . Much more could be written in praise and in critique of Russian Radical because it is one of those rare books from which a reader raises her head every few pages and wonders, “Do I agree?” These are the books in life that make a wonderful intellectual difference because they inspire thought on a fundamental level.”
Author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand (1905–1982) is one of the most widely read philosophers of the twentieth century. Yet, despite the sale of over thirty million copies of her works, there have been few serious scholarly examinations of her thought. Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical provides a comprehensive analysis of the intellectual roots and philosophy of this controversial thinker.
It has been nearly twenty years since the original publication of Chris Sciabarra’s Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical. Those years have witnessed an explosive increase in Rand sightings across the social landscape: in books on philosophy, politics, and culture; in film and literature; and in contemporary American politics, from the rise of the Tea Party to recent presidential campaigns. During this time Sciabarra continued to work toward the reclamation of the dialectical method in the service of a radical libertarian politics, culminating in his book Total Freedom: Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism (Penn State, 2000).
In this new edition of Ayn Rand, Chris Sciabarra adds two chapters that present in-depth analysis of the most complete transcripts to date documenting Rand’s education at Petrograd State University. A new preface places the book in the context of Sciabarra’s own research and the recent expansion of interest in Rand’s philosophy. Finally, this edition includes a postscript that answers a recent critic of Sciabarra’s historical work on Rand. Shoshana Milgram, Rand’s biographer, has tried to cast doubt on Rand’s own recollections of having studied with the famous Russian philosopher N. O. Lossky. Sciabarra shows that Milgram’s analysis fails to cast doubt on Rand’s recollections—or on Sciabarra’s historical thesis.
Preface to the Second Edition
PART ONE: THE PROCESS OF BECOMING
1 Synthesis in Russian Culture
2 Lossky, the Teacher
3 Educating Alissa
4 The Maturation of Ayn Rand
PART TWO: THE REVOLT AGAINST DUALISM
7 Reason and Emotion
8 Art, Philosophy, and Efficacy
9 Ethics and Human Survival
10 A Libertarian Politics
PART THREE: THE RADICAL RAND
11 Relations of Power
12 The Predatory State
13 History and Resolution
Appendix I: The Rand Transcript (1999)
Appendix II: The Rand Transcript, Revisited (2005)
Appendix III: A Challenge to Russian Radical—and Ayn Rand (2013)
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