In Defense of Anarchism / Edition 1 available in Paperback
In Defense of Anarchism is a 1970 book by the philosopher Robert Paul Wolff, in which the author defends individualist anarchism. He argues that individual autonomy and state authority are mutually exclusive and that, as individual autonomy is inalienable, the moral legitimacy of the state collapses.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.29(d)|
About the Author
Robert Paul Wolff is Professor of Philosophy and Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts. Among his books are About Philosophy (1998), The Ideal of the University (1992), The Autonomy of Reason (1990), Kant's Theory of Mental Activity (1990), and Moneybags Must Be So Lucky (1988).
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Well written, insightful, intelligent and deeply analytical, Wolff's "In Defense of Anarchism" is fascinating insomuch as it deconstructs our idea of the state and the state's authority, as well as giving us a good primer political philosophy in general. It also gives us a good sense of the idea of anarchism and participatory democracy. As someone who situates herself somewhere between a participatory democrat (a less participatory model than Wolff's, however), and a socialist, there is much for me to both agree and disagree with in this book. It is very good in helping you to clarify what you think about the state.
Robert Paul Wolff¿s ¿In Defense of Anarchism¿ is a well-organized fresh look at anarchism. Wolff discusses the conflict between authority and autonomy, the problems with democracy (with particular emphasis on the American democratic system), and the legitimacy of a State. While I do not subscribe to anarchism, Wolff puts forth an argument in this book that I found intriguing. I was not particularly knowledgeable about anarchism before reading this book and found Wolff¿s theory of Marxism and anarchism easy to understand. I would recommend that anyone who has read or wants to read this books should also read Robert A. Dahl's "Democracy and its Critics" (specifically chapter 3 titled "Anarchism") for a critique of Wolff's theory.