The Curious Rise of Democracy's Ghost: Anarchism

Uri Eisenzweig (French)

Few political notions are used as carelessly and randomly as “anarchism.” And yet, the concept has a deep philosophical and political meaning that goes back to the nineteenth century and the ideas of thinkers such as Proudhon, Stirner and Bakunin. We will examine some of these ideas and try to make sense of the socio-historical and cultural environment that saw their rise. In particular, we will focus on the way anarchism quickly became the embodiment of a diffuse fear of chaos and violence in Western society.

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01:090:101 section 22 index 07103