In Defense of Anarchism
Robert Paul Wolff (Author)
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DescriptionIn Defense of Anarchism is a 1970 book by the philosopher Robert Paul Wolff, in which the author defends individualist anarchism. He argues that individual autonomy and state authority are mutually exclusive and that, as individual autonomy is inalienable, the moral legitimacy of the state collapses.
University of California Press
September 28, 1998
5.37 X 0.29 X 8.12 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author
Robert Paul Wolff is is an American political philosopher and professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among his books are About Philosophy (1998), The Ideal of the University (1992), The Autonomy of Reason (1990), Kant's Theory of Mental Activity (1990), and Moneybags Must Be So Lucky (1988).
"To entitle a book "In Defense of Anarchism simply requires "chutzpah. To do it well requires some intelligence. Professor Wolff has both. Anarchy, being generally relegated to the ideological dust-bin or drafted as fodder for editorializing blasts, has long been in need of an intelligent reassessment. Wolff's brief book attempts this by taking the reader along a political "via dolorosa which begins with his own innocent belief in 'traditional democratic doctrines.'"--Lawrence S. Stepelevich, "The New Scholasticism