David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of the History of Ideas 46 (4):597 (1985)
From its first appearance in 1844, Max Stirner’s major work, Der Einzige und sein Eigentum , has produced little agreement among its many interpreters. The very first of these interpreters was Friedrich Engels, who suggested that Stirner’s doctrines would be quite compatible with Benthamite utilitarianism, which he then admired, and even saw in these doctrines the potential of benefiting communism. Marx, in short order, corrected this optimistic deviation, and then—with a surely repentant Engels—set forth the orthodox gospel for all future generations of communists: Stirner, or “Sankt Max,” was but the speculative spokesman for the petty bourgeois, a decadent Hegelian boasting over the unrestraint of his self inflated ego. Sidney Hook echoed Marx when he condemned Stirner’s work as but the “social defense mechanism of a petty bourgeois soul.” Others, unsatisfied with this “petty” status, elevate him to that of the Grand Bourgeois, or Fascist. Still others, taking an opposite stance, see in Stirner the most articulate defender of individual liberty. In between, he has been called a nihilist, an anarchist, an existentialist, a solipsist, an anti Benthamite, an intemperate capitalist, or—as we might now suspect—an anti capitalist. At least two commentators, lost in the confusion, have managed to escape the need to classify Stirner within the ongoing political and ethical categories and simply declare him to be insane. In short, the list of radically diverse interpretations..
|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
Kathy Ferguson (2011). Why Anarchists Need Stirner. In Saul Newman (ed.), Max Stirner. Palgrave Macmillan 167-189.
Riccardo Balidissone (2011). The Multiplicity of Nothingness : A Contribution to a Non-Reductionist Reading of Stirner. In Saul Newman (ed.), Max Stirner. Palgrave Macmillan 67-89.
Saul Newman (2011). Stirner's Ethics of Voluntary Inservitude. In Max Stirner. Palgrave Macmillan 189-210.
Saul Newman (2011). Introduction : Re-Encountering Stirner's Ghosts. In Max Stirner. Palgrave Macmillan 1-21.
Douglas Moggach (2009). The Subject as Substance. The Owl of Minerva 41 (1-2):61-83.
Widukind De Ridder (2011). Max Stirner : The End of Philosophy and Political Subjectivity. In Saul Newman (ed.), Max Stirner. Palgrave Macmillan 143-167.
Lawrence S. Stepelevich (2009). At the End of the Path of Doubt. The Owl of Minerva 41 (1-2):85-106.
Paul Thomas (2011). Max Stirner and Karl Marx : An Overlooked Contretemps. In Saul Newman (ed.), Max Stirner. Palgrave Macmillan 113-143.
Todd Gooch (2006). Max Stirner and the Apotheosis of the Corporeal Ego. The Owl of Minerva 37 (2):159-190.
Added to index2009-02-16
Total downloads42 ( #96,319 of 1,793,092 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #463,661 of 1,793,092 )
How can I increase my downloads?