Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution [NOOK Book]

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In this cornerstone of modern liberal social theory, Peter Kropotkin states that the most effective human and animal communities are essentially cooperative, rather than competitive. Kropotkin based this classic on his observations of natural phenomena and history, forming a work of stunning and well-reasoned scholarship. Essential to the understanding of human evolution as well as social organization, it offers a powerful counterpoint to the tenets of Social Darwinism. It also cites persuasive evidence of human...
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Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution

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In this cornerstone of modern liberal social theory, Peter Kropotkin states that the most effective human and animal communities are essentially cooperative, rather than competitive. Kropotkin based this classic on his observations of natural phenomena and history, forming a work of stunning and well-reasoned scholarship. Essential to the understanding of human evolution as well as social organization, it offers a powerful counterpoint to the tenets of Social Darwinism. It also cites persuasive evidence of human nature's innate compatibility with anarchist society.
"Kropotkin's basic argument is correct," noted evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould. "Struggle does occur in many modes, and some lead to cooperation among members of a species as the best pathway to advantage for individuals." Anthropologist Ashley Montagu declared that "Mutual Aid will never be any more out of date than will the Declaration of Independence. New facts may increasingly become available, but we can already see that they will serve largely to support Kropotkin's conclusion that 'in the ethical progress of man, mutual support—not mutual struggle—has had the leading part.'" Physician and author Alex Comfort asserted that "Kropotkin profoundly influenced human biology by his theory of Mutual Aid. . . . He was one of the first systematic students of animal communities, and may be regarded as the founder of modern social ecology."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486121536
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 4/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,249,832
  • File size: 576 KB

Meet the Author

Prince Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin (1842 - 1921) was a Russian philosopher, economist, writer, scientist, evolutionary theorist, geographer and one of the world's best-known anarcho-communists. He wrote many other books, pamphlets and articles, including The Conquest of Bread and Fields, Factories and Workshops.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 1914 Edition
Introduction
I.-II. Mutual Aid Among Animals
III. Mutual Aid Among Savages
IV. Mutual Aid Among the Barbarians
V.-VI. Mutual Aid in the Mediæval City
VII.-VIII. Mutual Aid Amongst Ourselves
Conclusion
Appendix A
I. Swarms of Butterflies, Dragon-flies, etc.
II. The Ants
III. Nesting Associations
IV. Sociability of Animals
V. Checks to Over-Multiplication
VI. Adaptations to Avoid Competition
VII. The Origin of the Family
VIII. Destruction of Private Property on the Grave
IX. The "Undivided Family"
X. The Origin of the Guilds
XI. The Market and the Mediæval City
XII. Mutual-Aid Arrangements in the Villages of Netherlands at the Present Day
Appendix B
The Struggle for Existence in Human Society by Thomas H. Huxley
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2011

    decent digital format

    its a scanned book, so theres no digital table of contents. the material is all here, though i have spotted some errors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2000

    one of the more comprehensive outlines of anarchist society

    Kropotkin's work has reached more people than most other anarchist writers due to his ability to write for the common man, not only for the intellectual. A brillient introduction to anarchist communism with an introduction by Canadian anarchist George Woodcock. Enjoy.

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