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The Ego and His Own: The Case of the Individual Against Authority

Max Stirner James J. Martin Steven T. Byington



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01 January 2006
Philosophy; History of Western philosophy; Political science & theory
Credited with influencing the philosophies of Nietzsche and Ayn Rand and the development of libertarianism and existentialism, this prophetic 1844 work challenges the very notion of a common good as the driving force of civilization. By examining the role of the human ego, author Max Stirner chronicles the battle of the individual against the collective - showing how, throughout history, the latter invariably leads to oppression.

Stirner begins with a study of the individual ego and then traces its subjugation from ancient times to the nineteenth century. Nothing escapes his indictment: the ancient philosophers, Christianity, monarchism, the bourgeois state; all have fettered individuals with laws, morality, and obligations. Revolutions expunge one evil only to replace it with another, and Stirner predicted - years before the publication of Marx's Manifesto - that socialism would climax in the ultimate totalitarian state.

For students of political science and philosophy, this book is essential reading. For those concerned about the encroachment of authority upon individual liberty, Stirner articulates a philosophy that remains unsurpassed in its scope.
By:   Max Stirner
Edited by:   James J. Martin
Translated by:   Steven T. Byington
Imprint:   Dover
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 219mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   399g
ISBN:   9780486445816
ISBN 10:   048644581X
Series:   Dover Books on Western Philosophy
Pages:   366
Publication Date:   01 January 2006
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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