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MORRIS, Brian. Kropotkin : the politics of community
Article published on 19 January 2012
last modification on 13 January 2012

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Amherst, N.Y. : Humanity Books, an imprint of Prometheus Books, 2004. 314 p. ; 24 cm. Bibl. ISBN 1591021588

Contents: Peter Kropotkin : a biographical note — The theory of anarchist communism — The coming revolution and anarchist communism — The Paris Commune and free communism — Objections to anarchism and the critique of prisons — Agrarian socialism — Integral education — Ecology and social ethics — Modern science and anarchism — Mutual aid : a factor in evolution — Ethical naturalism — Historical studies — Tribal life and anarchism — The modern state : its historic role — The post structuralist critique of anarchism — The French Revolution — Anarchism — The history of anarchism — Anarchist terrorism and war — Anarchism and anarcho-sydicalism.

Editor’s note

Widely known amongst anarchist circles, the contributions of geographer Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921) to political and moral philosophy have been largely neglected by other contemporary writers. Morris (emeritus, Goldsmiths College, U. of London) here offers an expository account of Kropotkin’s social and political theory that aims to affirm the continuing relevancy of his social anarchism. Kropotkin’s theories of anarchist communism, agrarian socialism, and education are described in chapters outlining his political theory. Morris then turns his attention to his underlying metaphysics of nature and social ethics, arguing that they had philosophical implications that undermined the prevailing mechanism of Kropotkin’s time. Kropotkin’s historical and anthropological studies and his theories of the modern state, nationalism, terrorism, and war are reserved for later chapters.