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Title: Formulating an anarchist sociology: Peter Kropotkin's reading of Herbert Spencer
Authors: Adams, Matthew S.
Keywords: Anarchism
Peter Kropotkin
Herbert Spencer
Evolutionary theory
Individualist anarchism
Social science
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © by Journal of the History of Ideas
Citation: ADAMS, M.S., 2016. Formulating an anarchist sociology: Peter Kropotkin's reading of Herbert Spencer. Journal of the History of Ideas, 77(1), pp. 49-73.
Abstract: The work of Herbert Spencer was a crucial influence on the development of Peter Kropotkin’s historical sociology. However, scholars have underestimated this relationship; either overlooking it entirely, or minimizing Kropotkin’s attachment to Spencer with the aim of maintaining the utility of his political thought in the present. This article contests these interpretations by analyzing Kropotkin’s reading of Spencer’s epistemological, biological, and political ideas. It argues that Kropotkin was engaged in a critical dialogue with Spencer, incorporating many Spencerian principles in his own system, but also using this reading to articulate a distinctive anarchist politics.
Description: All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations used for purposes of scholarly citation, none of this work may be reproduced in any form by any means without written permission from the publisher. For information address the University of Pennsylvania Press, 3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4112.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1353/jhi.2016.0004
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22760
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jhi.2016.0004
ISSN: 1086-3222
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