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Anarchism and Moral Philosophy

  • Benjamin Franks
  • Matthew Wilson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction: Anarchism and Moral Philosophy

  3. Philosophical Anarchism

  4. Anarchism, Property and Autonomy

  5. Alternative Anarchist Ethics

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 243-248

About this book


This collection explores the nature and role of ethics within anarchist thought and practice, examining normative, meta-ethical and applied ethical issues through some of the theoretical insights of anarchism. It comprises contributions from international scholars working within the fields of philosophy and political theory.


autonomy ethics liberty moral philosophy morality philosophy political theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Benjamin Franks
    • 1
  • Matthew Wilson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GlasgowDumfriesUK
  2. 2.Loughborough UniversityUK

About the editors

ELISA AALTOLA holds an adjunct professorship in the University of Turku, Finland SAMUEL CLARK is Lecturer in Philosophy at Lancaster University, UK KORY DECLARK is a graduate student working in political philosophy at the University of Southern California, USA JAMIE HECKERT holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is the editor of a special issue of Sexualities on Anarchism and Sexuality JONES IRWIN is a Lecturer in Philosophy at St. Patrick's College, Dublin City University, Republic of Ireland, where he is Co-Director of the MA in Human Development and Ed.D programmes NATHAN JUN is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA PAUL MCLAUGHLIN is a Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, University of Tartu, Estonia ALEX PRICHARD is an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Politics, University of Bristol, UK THOMAS SWANN is currently a postgraduate student at Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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'This wide variety of approaches to moral theory and ethics should suggest that contemporary anarchist philosophy is full of potential. These scholars demonstrate that anarchism is flexible enough to encompass traditions ranging from deep ecology to analytic philsosphy to postculturalism. Most encouraging to me, however, is that these academics are willing to theorize about their own social position as academics. As more anarchists enter academia, honest dialogue about what means to be an anarchist in a university becomes more important... This book ecourages anarchists to follow their tradition of direct action and direct engagement even as they continue to theorize - our future depends on our thoughts and our actions.' - Tristan K. Husby, Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies

'The books performatively lives up to the idea of anarchism as a theory of practice and a way of practising theory as it embodies the idea of sharing knowledge, acknowledging differences and engaging in critical thought.' - Political Studies Review