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The Routledge Handbook of Anarchy and Anarchist Thought

Edited by: Gary Chartier , Chad Van Schoelandt

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138737587
eBook ISBN: 9781315185255
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315185255
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Book description

This Handbook offers an authoritative, up-to-date introduction to the rich scholarly conversation about anarchy?about the possibility, dynamics, and appeal of social order without the state. Drawing on resources from philosophy, economics, law, history, politics, and religious studies, it is designed to deepen understanding of anarchy and the development of anarchist ideas at a time when those ideas have attracted increasing attention.

The popular identification of anarchy with chaos makes sophisticated interpretations?which recognize anarchy as a kind of social order rather than an alternative to it?especially interesting. Strong, centralized governments have struggled to quell popular frustration even as doubts have continued to percolate about their legitimacy and long-term financial stability. Since the emergence of the modern state, concerns like these have driven scholars to wonder whether societies could flourish while abandoning monopolistic governance entirely.

Standard treatments of political philosophy frequently assume the justifiability and desirability of states, focusing on such questions as, What is the best kind of state? and What laws and policies should states adopt?, without considering whether it is just or prudent for states to do anything at all. This Handbook encourages engagement with a provocative alternative that casts more conventional views in stark relief. ?

Its 30 chapters, written specifically for this volume by an international team of leading scholars, are organized into four main parts:

I. Concept and Significance
II. Figures and Traditions
III. Legitimacy and Order
IV. Critique and Alternatives

In addition, a comprehensive index makes the volume easy to navigate and an annotated bibliography points readers to the most promising avenues of future research.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Anarchism, Anarchists, and Anarchy Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Anarchist Landscape Download PDF
Chapter  3:  On the Distinction Between State and Anarchy Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Methodological Anarchism Download PDF
Chapter  5:  What Is the Point of Anarchism? Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Anarchism against Anarchy Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Kant on Anarchy Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Barbarians in the Agora Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Rights, Morality, and Egoism in Individualist Anarchism Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Transcending Leftist Politics Download PDF
Chapter  11:  De Facto Monopolies and the Justification of the State Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Two Cheers for Rothbardianism Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Christian Anarchism Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Anarchism and Political Obligation Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Positive Political Economy of Analytical Anarchism Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Moral Parity between State and Non-state Actors Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Economic Pathologies of the State Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Hunting for Unicorns Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Social Norms and Social Order Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Anarchy and Law Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Anarchism, State, and Violence Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The Forecast for Anarchy Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Social Anarchism and the Rejection of Private Property Download PDF
Chapter  24:  The Right Anarchy Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Anarchist Approaches to Education Download PDF
Chapter  26:  An Anarchist Critique of Power Relations within Institutions Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Anarchism for an Ecological Crisis? Download PDF
Chapter  28:  States, Incarceration, and Organizational Structure Download PDF
Chapter  29:  The Problems of Central Planning in Military Technology Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Anarchy and Transhumanism Download PDF
Bibliography Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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