Anarchism and Authority: A Philosophical Introduction to Classical Anarchism

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2007 - Political Science - 202 pages
Examining the political theory of anarchism from a philosophical and historical perspective, Paul McLaughlin relates anarchism to the fundamental ethical and political problem of authority. The book pays particular attention to the authority of the state and the anarchist rejection of all traditional claims made for the legitimacy of state authority, the author both explaining and defending the central tenets of the anarchist critique of the state.
 

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Contents

Defining Anarchism
25
Forms of Authority
61
The Legitimacy of the State
81
The Historical Foundations of Anarchism
101
Foundational Texts of Anarchism
117
Theoretical Developments of Anarchism
155
Conclusion
169
Bibliography
185
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Paul McLaughlin is Visiting Lecturer at the Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu, Estonia.

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