Max Stirner (Critical Explorations in Contemporary Political by Saul Newman

By Saul Newman

Saul Newman (ed.)

Max Stirner was once probably the most very important and seminal thinkers of the mid-nineteenth century. He uncovered the religiosity at the back of secular humanism and rationalism, and the domination of the person in the back of liberal modes of politics. This edited assortment explores Stirner's radical and modern significance as a political theorist.


Introduction: Re-encountering Stirner's ghosts; S. Newman
A Solitary existence; D. Leopold
The reflect of Anarchy: the Egoism of John Henry Mackay and Dora Marsden; R. Kinna
The Multiplicity of Nothingness: A Contribution to a Non-reductionist interpreting of Stirner; R. Balidissone
The Philosophical Reactionaries. 'The sleek Sophists by way of Kuno Fischer'; translated and brought by way of W. De Ridder
SECTION 3 - subject matters AND DEBATES
Max Stirner and Karl Marx: An neglected Contretemps; P. Thomas
Max Stirner: the top of Philosophy and Political Subjectivity; W. De. Ridder
Why Anarchists want Stirner; ok. Ferguson
Stirner's Ethics of Voluntary Inservitude; S. Newman

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An Oral History of Anarchism in America (Oakland, CA: AK Press), pp. 11–13. indd 40 8/2/2011 1:59:50 PM A Solitary Life 41 73. A more literal translation of the title would be The Unique Individual and His Property. Benjamin R. Tucker was the editor of the individualist anarchist periodical Liberty between 1881 and 1908, and author of the wonderfully titled Instead of a Book, By a Man Too Busy to Write One (New York: Benj. R. Tucker, 1893). On Tucker, see Avrich, Anarchist Voices, pp. 8–11; and P.

28. See Stirner, Kleinere Schriften, pp. 278–295. Les mystères de Paris was an enormously popular contemporary novel which combined moralistic social fantasy with a salacious account of the Parisian underworld. Its main character, a mysterious Prince Rudolf, travels the margins of Paris in disguise, punishing evil and rewarding virtue. Rudolf’s willingness to torture his victims is discussed by Stirner in Der Einzige, 324–325/258. indd 38 8/2/2011 1:59:50 PM A Solitary Life 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34.

21. ) 22. Mackay, Max Stirner 13/13. 23. Mackay thought that his earliest published work dated from 1842, but Stirner has more recently been identified as the author of a review of Theodor Rohmer, Deutschlands Beruf in der Gegenwart und Zukunft (Zurich: Verlag des literarischen Comptoirs, 1841), which appeared in Die Eisenbahn. Ein Unterhaltungsblatt für die gebildete Welt, 77/78 (28/30 December 1841), pp. 307–308, 310–312. 24. See Stirner, Kleinere Schriften, pp. 51–96, and 97–232, respectively.

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