Anarchism and authority : a philosophical introduction to by Paul McLaughlin

By Paul McLaughlin

Studying the political idea of anarchism from a philosophical and old viewpoint, Paul McLaughlin relates anarchism to the elemental moral and political challenge of authority. The e-book can pay specific recognition to the authority of the country and the anarchist rejection of all conventional claims made for the legitimacy of nation authority, the writer either explaining and protecting the critical tenets of the anarchist critique of the state.The founding works of anarchist notion, by way of Godwin, Proudhon and Stirner, are explored and anarchism is tested in its historic context, together with the impression of such occasions because the Enlightenment and the French Revolution on anarchist notion. eventually, the foremost theoretical advancements of anarchism from the late-nineteenth century to the current are summarized and evaluated.This publication is either a hugely readable account of the improvement of anarchist considering and a lucid and well-reasoned defence of the anarchist philosophy

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Incidentally, fundamentalist ideological deformation is not peculiar to anarchism. Thus liberalism, the political philosophy of individual liberty, has given rise to neo-liberalism, an ultra-dogmatic economistic simplification of the tradition. Neo-liberalism, in abstracting a proprietarian-economistic aspect of ‘classical liberalism’ (as articulated by John Locke and Adam Smith, partially represented perhaps), has effectively perverted an ideology that was once rich in ethical content (as the writings of Wilhelm von Humboldt, John Stuart Mill, and others testify).

490]. K. Chesterton, pp. 244–45: ‘One wholly non-popular element in [Shelley] was his anarchism. The poor are not anarchists, and never can be anarchists.

The intellectual aspect of this history is central to the study. We will attempt to frame our analysis of the problem of authority within this intellectual history, thus blending conceptual analysis (in Part 1) with the history of ideas (in Part 2). In Part 1, we will analyze anarchism as a critical social philosophy and investigate its philosophy of authority : its conceptualization of authority, its scepticism towards the notion of its legitimacy, and its critique of claims made for the legitimacy of various forms of authority.

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