This original and impressively researched book explores the concept of anarchy-"unimposed order"-as the most humane and stable form of order in a chaotic world. Mohammed A. Bamyeh traces the historical foundations of anarchy and convincingly presents it as an alternative to both tyranny and democracy. He shows how anarchy is the best manifestation of civic order, of a healthy civil society, and of humanity's noblest attributes. A cogent and compelling critique of the modern state, this provocative book clarifies how anarchy may be both a guide for rational social order and a science of humanity.
Mohammed A. Bamyeh is professor of sociology at the University of Pittsburgh.
Part I: The Idea Chapter 1: Anarchy as a Science of Humanity Chapter 2: What is Anarchy? Part II: Around the Idea Chapter 3: Civil Society and the State Chapter 4: Trust and the Politics of Alliance Chapter 5: Freedom and Commitment Chapter 6: Anarchy as a Destination