David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Libertarian Studies 8 (2):237-245 (1987)
Anarchism, literally, means "without authority," although it is most commonly defined as a system in which social order is maintained voluntaristically, without the presence of a state or any other coercive mechanisms. There are many varieties of anarchism, and it is difficult in just one brief paragraph to specify the central beliefs. Nonetheless, there are some widely shared assertions, among which are (l) the primacy of individual sovereignty; (2) the opposition to coercive authority of any kind impinging upon the individual’s freedom; (3) the principle of voluntarism or mutual aid as the basic social cement for society; (4) a "human solidarity" model, which recognizes that a free individual within a free society is the only basis for realizing humans’ full potential—and that individual and society are inseparable, not mutually exclusive or antagonistic. Clearly, such contentions are incompatible with the existence of sovereign govemmcnt. By its very nature, according to anarchists, government is coercive and suppresses freedom. They believe that only by continually asserting its legitimacy and its right to coerce can the state continue. Thus, it follows that the state must be abolished if there is to...
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
John T. Sanders (1996). The State of Statelessness. In John T. Sanders & Jan Narveson (eds.), For and Against the State: New Philosophical Readings. Rowman and Littlefield
Andrew M. Koch (1993). Poststructuralism and the Epistemological Basis of Anarchism. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 23 (3):327-351.
Ryan Windeknecht (2012). Law Without Legitimacy or Justification? The Flawed Foundations of Philosophical Anarchism. Res Publica 18 (2):173-188.
Robert Louis Hoffman (ed.) (1970/2010). Anarchism as Political Philosophy. Aldinetransaction.
Chaim Gans (1992). Philosophical Anarchism and Political Disobedience. Cambridge University Press.
Added to index2009-02-16
Total downloads94 ( #28,614 of 1,725,237 )
Recent downloads (6 months)57 ( #19,737 of 1,725,237 )
How can I increase my downloads?