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Against the state : an introduction to anarchist political theory

Author: Crispin Sartwell
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Against the State, Crispin Sartwell unleashes a quick and brutal rejection of the traditional arguments for state legitimacy. Sartwell considers the classics of Western political philosophy - Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, Hume, Bentham, Rawls, and Habermas, among others - and argues that their positions are not only wrong but also embarrassingly bad. He separates the traditional pro-state arguments into three  Read more...
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Crispin Sartwell
ISBN: 9780791474488 0791474488 9780791474471 079147447X
OCLC Number: 165478804
Description: xi, 124 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Some definitions --
Social contract --
Utilitarian justifications of state power --
Justicial justifications of state power --
Silhouette of an anarchism.
Responsibility: Crispin Sartwell.
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"In Against the State, Crispin Sartwell unleashes a quick and brutal rejection of the traditional arguments for state legitimacy. Sartwell considers the classics of Western political philosophy - Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, Hume, Bentham, Rawls, and Habermas, among others - and argues that their positions are not only wrong but also embarrassingly bad. He separates the traditional pro-state arguments into three classes: social contract theories, utilitarian justifications, and justicial views, all while attacking both general strategies and particular formulations. Sartwell argues that the state rests on nothing but deadly force and its accompanying coercion, and that no one is under any obligation to obey the law merely because it is the law. He concludes by articulating a positive vision of an anarchist future, based on the "individualism" of such figures as Emerson and Thoreau. Against the State provides a rigorous and provocative foil to the classic texts, and also serves as a concise statement of the anarchist challenge."--Jacket.

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