Crowned Anarchy<sup>1</sup>: Towards a Postanarchist Ontology

Saul Newman

in The Politics of Postanarchism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780748634958
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652846 | DOI:
Crowned Anarchy1: Towards a Postanarchist Ontology

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This chapter explores certain problems with this conceptualisation of social relations. It engages in an interrogation of the Enlightenment humanist paradigm in which classical anarchism is conceived, showing that the deep ontological foundations which form the basis of its philosophy – foundations in human nature, scientific enquiry, and the immanent rationality and morality of a free-formed social body – are ultimately problematic and unstable. The chapter develops a concept of anarchy from Levinas, as well as the Heideggerian thinker, Reiner Schürmann: anarchy points to the disturbance and ultimate impossibility of stable ontological foundations, including those of anarchism itself. It suggests, however, that this anarchic moment is not ultimately inconsistent with anarchism, and that anarchism can be re-articulated through anarchy in order to develop new, postanarchist understandings of political subjectivity, power relations, ethics, insurrectionary politics, and utopia.

Keywords: social relations; Enlightenment humanist; classical anarchism; Reiner Schürmann; Levinas; insurrectionary politics

Chapter.  11227 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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