The Review of Austrian Economics, 17:4, 457–461, 2004. c 2004 Kluwer Academic Publishers. Manufactured in The Netherlands. Review Chris Matthew Sciabarra. (2000) Total Freedom: Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism, University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 467pp + xii. Chris Sciabarra’s Total Freedom is subtitled “Toward a Dialectical Libertarianism,” which suggests why it might be of interest to some working in the Austrian tradition. But the title and subtitle might obscure the fact that what awaits the reader inside is of even greater interest to Austrians than it might ﬁrst appear. There is a reason that Menger, Mises, and Rothbard appear on the front cover (along with Aristotle and Ayn Rand). What Sciabarra offers inside is a dual reinterpretation of both dialectic philosophy and radical libertarianism that weaves the two together to formulate the subject matter of the subtitle: a dialectical approach to libertarianism. In doing so, he relies a great deal on the Austrian scholarship of the last 10 to 15 years to establish the dialectical underpinning of a theory of the market. The book offers a new way to think about the applicability of Austrian theories of the market to broader questions of social theory, and in turn
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