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JUN, Nathan. Anarchism and Political Modernity
Article published on 2 January 2012
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Continuum (Contemporary Anarchist Studies), 2012. 272 p. ISBN: 9781441166869

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About Anarchism and Political Modernity

Anarchism and Political Modernity looks at the place of ’classical anarchism’ in the postmodern political discourse, claiming that anarchism presents a vision of political postmodernity.

The book seeks to foster a better understanding of why and how anarchism is growing in the present. To do so, it first looks at its origins and history, offering a different view from the two traditions that characterize modern political theory: socialism and liberalism. Such an examination leads to a better understanding of how anarchism connects with newer political trends and why it is a powerful force in contemporary social and political movements.

This new volume in the Contemporary Anarchist Studies series offers a novel philosophical engagement with anarchism and contests a number of positions established in postanarchist theory. Its new approach makes a valuable contribution to an established debate about anarchism and political theory. It offers a new perspective on the emerging area of anarchist studies that will be of interest to students and theorists in political theory and anarchist studies.

Table Of Contents

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER ONE: ON POLITICS

Introduction

Political Naturalism in Aristotle

Classical and Medieval Political Thought

Machiavelli

Social Physics

From Politics to Political Philosophy

A Critique of May’s Taxonomy

CHAPTER TWO: ON POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY

Normativity: A Survey

An Alternative Taxonomy

On Political Modernity

CHAPTER THREE: LIBERALISM

Representationalism

Human Nature

Normativity

Politics

Economics

CHAPTER FOUR: SOCIALISM

Hegel, Historicism, and Holism

The Social Conception of Human Nature

Morality vs. Science

The Poltics and Economics of Socialism

From Modernity to Anarchism

CHAPTER FIVE: ANARCHISM

History of the Bogeyman

Defining Anarchism

The Political Axiology of Anarchism

Anarchism and Power

Anarchism and Utopianism

Nature, Humanity, and Science

The Specter of Nietzsche

Conclusion

CHAPTER SIX: POLITICAL POSTMODERNITY

Defining Postmodernity

Deconstructive Analysis

Genealogical Analysis

Poststructuralist Anarchism?

Schizoanalysis

A Critique of May’s Poststructuralist Anarchism

Conclusion

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX


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