Politics scholar at New York University, editor of The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies


Chris Matthew Sciabarra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Chris Matthew Sciabarra (b. February 17, 1960) is scholar and writer living in Brooklyn, New York. The main topics in his books are Objectivism, Libertarianism, and dialectics particularly concerned with Ayn Rand, Friedrich Hayek, and Murray Rothbard. He is a Visiting Scholar at New York University where he also earned his PhD and undergraduate degrees—the former under the supervision of Bertell Ollman. In 1999 he became the co-founder and co-editor of the biannual The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies and belongs to Liberty and Power, a group weblog at the History News Network. ..."


Author's Bio
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Sense of Life Objectivists
since Apr 2002


Chris Matthew Sciabarra - Hero of the Day, The Daily Objectivist, 2000


Dialectics and Liberty: A Defense of Dialectical Method in the Service of a Libertarian Social Theory, The Freeman, Sep 2005
Written ten years after publication of the first of Sciabarra's "Dialectic and Liberty" book trilogy, discusses Hayek's and Rand's dialectical analysis approaches and suggests that such context-keeping analysis is important in radical libertarian theory
"What is dialectics? Dialectics is the art of context-keeping. It counsels us to study the object of our inquiry from a variety of perspectives and levels of generality, so as to gain a more comprehensive picture of it. That study often requires that we grasp the object in terms of the larger system within which it is situated, as well as its development across time."
Herbert Spencer - Hero of the Day, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
"... the history of liberalism is replete with rich, textured, context-sensitive thinking. In this regard, Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) was one of the most important classical liberal thinkers to pioneer an alternative 'dialectical libertarianism.' His contributions to this project have yet to be fully appreciated, although his contributions to general systems theory in sociology are well known."
Related Topic: Herbert Spencer
How I Became a Libertarian, 19 Dec 2002
"... [Rand's] was an articulated philosophy that gave me encouragement not to wallow in self-pity and dismay, but to make the most of my potentialities. ... as an undergraduate, I chose a triple major in economics, politics, and history ... I was a founding member of the NYU Chapter of Students for a Libertarian Society."
Rand, Ayn (1905-1982) | Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
Biographical essay
"Ayn Rand, a controversial novelist and philosopher, was born in Russia, but emigrated to the United States when she was 21. ... The realization of human freedom requires, in Rand's view, a simultaneous commitment to reason, egoism, and individualism. Absent any of these prerequisites, freedom cannot long survive. Despite her antipathy to this anarchic brand of libertarianism, however, Rand profoundly inspired a generation of individuals to pursue the goal of a libertarian society. ... Although Rand died in 1982, her legacy lives on in many segments of the libertarian intellectual movement."


Interview with Chris Matthew Sciabarra, by Chris Matthew Sciabarra, Peter Jaworski, 22 Apr 2002
"Context-keeping means that one must understand any political idea, like freedom, in terms of its philosophical, cultural, and historical preconditions. One must never drop the larger context: the fact that political freedom requires intellectual freedom and economic freedom, and that certain social-psychological and cultural preconditions are necessary if one is to sustain freedom."

Books Authored

Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical, 1995
Partial contents: One: The Process of Becoming - Synthesis in Russian Culture - Lossky, the Teacher - Educating Alissa - The Maturation of Ayn Rand - Two: The Revolt Against Dualism - Being - Knowing - Reason and Emotion - Art, Philosophy, and Efficacy
Related Topic: Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand, Homosexuality, and Human Liberation, 2003
Foreword by Lindsay Perigo; from the introduction: examines "Ayn Rand's impact on the sexual attitudes of self-identified Objectivists in the movement to which she gave birth and the gay subcultures that she would have disowned"
Related Topic: Ayn Rand
Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand
    by Chris Matthew Sciabarra (Editor, Introduction), 1999
Collection of 19 essays, edited by Mimi Reisel Gladstein and Chris Matthew Sciabarra, including essays by Barbara Branden, Nathaniel Branden, Susan Brownmiller, Gladstein, Wendy McElroy, Camille Paglia, Sharon Presley, Joan Kennedy Taylor and Judith Wilt
Related Topic: Ayn Rand
Marx, Hayek, and Utopia, 1995
Contents: Hayekian Dialectics - Utopian Intentions and Unintended Consequences - Constructivism and Human Efficacy - Capitalism and Dualism - Marxian Dialectics - The Marxian Utopia - The Challenge of a New Left - Utopianism and the Radical Project
Related Topic: Friedrich A. Hayek
Total Freedom: Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism, 2000
Partial Contents: Aristotle: The Fountainhead - From Aristotle to Hegel - After Hegel - Defining Dialectics - Foundations - The Market versus the State - Class Dynamics and Structural Crisis - On the Precipice of Utopia - The Dialectical Libertarian Turn