This book argues that anarchism should be considered the first "postmodern" philosophical and political movement and offers a revision of "classical anarchism." "Anarchism and Political Modernity" looks at the place of "classical anarchism" in the postmodern political discourse, claiming that anarchism presents a vision of political postmodernity. The book seeks to foster a better understanding of why and how anarchism is growing in the present. To do so, it first looks at its origins and history, offering a different view from the two traditions that characterize modern political theory: socialism and liberalism. Such an examination leads to a better understanding of how anarchism connects with newer political trends and why it is a powerful force in contemporary social and political movements. This new volume in the "Contemporary Anarchist Studies" series offers a novel philosophical engagement with anarchism and contests a number of positions established in postanarchist theory. Its new approach makes a valuable contribution to an established debate about anarchism and political theory.
It offers a new perspective on the emerging area of anarchist studies that will be of interest to students and theorists in political theory and anarchist studies. "Contemporary Anarchist Studies" promotes the study of anarchism as a framework for understanding and acting on the most pressing problems of our times. The series publishes cutting edge, socially-engaged scholarship from around the world - bridging theory and practice, academic rigor and the insights of 'contemporary activism.'
Nathan Jun is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Philosophy Program Coordinator at Midwestern State University, USA. He specializes in Social and Political Philosophy, and his research interests include the history and philosophy of anarchism, left-socialism, and left-libertarianism. Dr. Jun has published two books, Deleuze and Ethics (ed. with Daniel W. Smith, 2010) and New Perspectives on Anarchism (ed. with Shane Wahl, 2009).
INTRODUCTION; CHAPTER ONE: ON POLITICS; Introduction; Political Naturalism in Aristotle; Classical and Medieval Political Thought; Machiavelli; Social Physics; From Politics to Political Philosophy; A Critique of May's Taxonomy; CHAPTER TWO: ON POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY; Normativity: A Survey; An Alternative Taxonomy; On Political Modernity; CHAPTER THREE: LIBERALISM; Representationalism; Human Nature; Normativity; Politics; Economics; CHAPTER FOUR: SOCIALISM; Hegel, Historicism, and Holism; The Social Conception of Human Nature; Morality vs. Science; The Poltics and Economics of Socialism; From Modernity to Anarchism; CHAPTER FIVE: ANARCHISM; History of the Bogeyman; Defining Anarchism; The Political Axiology of Anarchism; Anarchism and Power; Anarchism and Utopianism; Nature, Humanity, and Science; The Specter of Nietzsche; Conclusion; CHAPTER SIX: POLITICAL POSTMODERNITY; Defining Postmodernity; Deconstructive Analysis; Genealogical Analysis; Poststructuralist Anarchism?; Schizoanalysis; A Critique of May's Poststructuralist Anarchism; Conclusion; BIBLIOGRAPHY; INDEX.