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By Paul McLaughlin

Studying the political concept of anarchism from a philosophical and old point of view, Paul McLaughlin relates anarchism to the elemental moral and political challenge of authority. The publication can pay specific cognizance to the authority of the country and the anarchist rejection of all conventional claims made for the legitimacy of country authority, the writer either explaining and protecting the principal 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 impact of such occasions because the Enlightenment and the French Revolution on anarchist inspiration. eventually, the foremost theoretical advancements of anarchism from the late-nineteenth century to the current are summarized and evaluated.This e-book is either a hugely readable account of the advance of anarchist considering and a lucid and well-reasoned defence of the anarchist philosophy

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Thus, he rejects the common assessment that anarchism is (perhaps internally coherent but) premised on an ‘optimistic’ conception of human nature which renders it romantic or utopian. 42 Thus, anarchists are not unduly optimistic or pessimistic about our nature; we are neither intrinsically Good nor intrinsically Bad, but apparently predisposed toward the latter, toward egoism; therefore, we are ill-suited to a society of predominant sociability, as envisioned by social anarchists. Such is the contradictory nature of social anarchist thought, or so Morland would have us believe.

Hence, he attempts to summarize anarchism in all its ideological aspects before evaluating it on theoretical and practical grounds. This is a substantial task, and Miller copes with it admirably. Nevertheless, such an extensive treatment of anarchism leaves the reader in some doubt about the nature of its foundations. Indeed, having engaged with varying interpretations of practical ends and revolutionary means, Miller himself questions whether any single ideology could account for such diversity.

ISBN 978-0-7546-6196-2 (hardcover) 1. Anarchism. I. Title. 83--dc22 2007007973 ISBN: 978-0-7546-6196-2 ISBN: 978-1-4094-8540-7 (ebk-ePUB) Printed and bound in Great Britain by Antony Rowe Ltd, Chippenham, Wiltshire. Contents Acknowledgements Introduction Part 1 Anarchism and the Problem of Authority 1 Defining Anarchism 2 The Nature of Authority 3 Forms of Authority 4 The Legitimacy of the State Part 2 Anarchism and the History of Ideas 5 The Historical Foundations of Anarchism 6 Foundational Texts of Anarchism 7 Theoretical Developments of Anarchism Conclusion Bibliography Index Acknowledgements Many individuals deserve thanks for their help over the last five years.

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