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BROWN, L. Susan. The Politics of Individualism
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L. SUSAN BROWN holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. She has published many articles on the political philosophy of anarchism and feminism, and has had her work translated into Flemish, French, German and Finnish. She works and lives in Toronto.

BROWN, L. Susan. The Politics of Individualism. Liberalism, Liberal Feminism and Anarchism. Montreal: Black Rose Books, 1993. 216 pages, index

  • 2002. With a new introduction by Tom MARTIN.

Paperback ISBN: 1-55164-202-6

Hardcover ISBN: 1-55164-203-4

"A compelling, and enlightening, look at feminist anarchism, describing ’what ought to be—and what could be.’"

In The Politics of Individualism L. Susan Brown argues for a new vision of human freedom which incorporates the insights of feminism and liberalism into a form of anarchism based on what she calls ’existential individualism.’

The work focuses specifically on the similarities and differences of these political philosophies, by critically examining the liberal feminist writings of John Stuart Mill, Betty Friedan, Simone de Beauvoir and Janet Radcliffe Richards, paying special attention to the issues of employment, education, marriage and the family, and governmental politics. These works are, in turn, compared and contrasted to the anarcho-feminism of Emma Goldman.

Finally, as feminism as a whole movement is subjected to a rigorous critique, in terms of its overall liberatory potential, what emerges is a compelling look at feminist anarchism, describing ’what ought to be—and what could be.’

- "a work accessible to the beginner, but also … an introduction to both political philosophy and modern political ideologies".

Anarchist Studies 3.1

- "A coherent and cohesive analysis of the role of the individual in two sociopolitical philosophies: liberalism and anarchism. This book will interest humanists: the distinction between existential and instrumental individualism is an interesting one."

Humanist in Canada

- " One of the refreshing points about this analysis is the fact that it makes sense of a lot of modern history."

Kick It Over

- "The merit of this book rests in the intention to examine critically liberal feminism and to infuse feminism with a dose of individualism".

Canadian Journal of Political Science

- "a mind-tingling analysis of individualist philosophies".

Kitchener-Waterloo Record


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