Anarchism and Authority (Ashgate New Critical Thinking in by Paul McLaughlin PDF

By Paul McLaughlin

ISBN-10: 0754661962

ISBN-13: 9780754661962

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 will pay specific consciousness 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 significant tenets of the anarchist critique of the state.The founding works of anarchist idea, through Godwin, Proudhon and Stirner, are explored and anarchism is tested in its old context, together with the impact of such occasions because the Enlightenment and the French Revolution on anarchist suggestion. eventually, the foremost theoretical advancements of anarchism from the late-nineteenth century to the current are summarized and evaluated.This booklet is either a hugely readable account of the improvement of anarchist pondering and a lucid and well-reasoned defence of the anarchist philosophy.

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It is doubtful, in any case, that mere etymology could suffice to tell us anything, or to define even minimally, a substantive social philosophy with a complex history – and this is clearly true of liberalism and socialism too. 7 It is not false to 6 In Defence of Anarchism (New York, 1970), pp. 72, 78. It is rather odd that Wolff is usually referred to as an anarchist by scholars (myself included) even though he renounces the position. This is, I suppose, due to the fact that his logic dictates anarchist conclusions even though he tries to suppress them.

What we are looking for at the outset, then, is a definition of anarchism, a definition that will provide the framework for our analysis. Why not accept the abbreviated version of Clark’s definition? Why not say that anarchism is the ideology or the political philosophy of non-authoritarianism? The answer should be clear from what has been said about our approach in the Introduction. The ‘non-authoritarian ideal’ is, as Clark specifies, the basis for anarchist criticism; it is the ethical standard by which existing institutions are measured.

De George: ‘The anarchist ... is a sceptic in the political arena. He insists on the complete justification for any political or legal system prior to accepting it’. This characterization, like the anti-statist definition of anarchism, is inadequate, for anarchists scrutinize more than politico-legal authority, and would be better described as sceptics in the social arena. De George adds, importantly, that ‘it is not authority as such that the anarchist attacks, his words to the contrary notwithstanding.

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