John F. Welsh's Max Stirner's Dialectical Egoism: A New Interpretation PDF

By John F. Welsh

Max Stirner (1806-1856) is famous within the historical past of political inspiration due to his egoist vintage The Ego and Its personal. Stirner was once a scholar of Hegel, and a critic of the younger Hegelians and the rising sorts of socialist and communist proposal within the 1840s. Max Stirner's Dialectical Egoism: a brand new Interpretation examines Stirner's suggestion as a critique of modernity, through which he intended the domination of tradition and politics by means of humanist ideology. In Stirner's view, 'humanity' is the perfect being of modernity and 'humanism' is the existing legitimation of social and political domination. Welsh strains Stirner's inspiration from his early essays to The Ego and Its personal and Stirner's responses to his critics. He additionally examines how Benjamin Tucker, James L. Walker, and Dora Marsden utilized Stirner's dialectical egoism to the research of (a) the variations of capitalism, (b) tradition, ethics, and mass psychology, and (c) feminism, socialism, and communism. All 3 seen Stirner as a champion of individuality opposed to the collectivizing and homogenizing forces of the trendy international. Welsh additionally takes nice care to dissociate Stirner's idea from that of the opposite nice egoist critic of modernity, Friedrich Nietzsche. He argues that the similarities within the dissidence of Stirner and Nietzsche are superficial. The e-book concludes with an interpretation of Stirner's concept as a sort of dialectical egoism that comes with (a) a multi-tiered research of tradition, society, and individuality; (b) the elemental ideas of Stirner's view of the connection among members and social association; and (c) the types of critique he employs. Stirner's critique of modernity is an important contribution to the turning out to be literature on libertarianism, dialectical research, and post-modernism.

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