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Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin

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posted on 01.02.2021, 13:44 by Matthew AdamsMatthew Adams
Mikhail Bakunin’s (1814-1876) contribution to anarchism is frequently presented as a matter of spirit rather than intellect. In such readings, his ferocious appetites and bold passions, his chaotic lifestyle and scattered, undisciplined writing, are held up as the embodiment of anarchism’s defining and unyielding fixation on freedom. This obscures the scale of Bakunin’s contributions to anarchist theory, especially his mature work written between 1866 and 1874, which helped establish core anarchist principles: a critique of domination manifest in the modern state and supported by capitalism and religion; a dissection of Marxist authoritarianism; and a theory of anarchist social revolution. While incomplete, Bakunin’s ideas, and his practical example, would define the development of the anarchist tradition after his death.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

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  • Politics and International Studies

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Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy

Publisher

Springer

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This book chapter was published in the book Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy [© Springer]. The publisher's website is at https://link.springer.com/referencework/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0

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31/03/2021

Publication date

2021-05-25

Copyright date

2021

ISBN

9789400767300

Language

en

Editor(s)

Mortimer Sellers; Stephan Kirste

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Dr Matthew Adams. Deposit date: 29 January 2021

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