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By Mikhail Bakunin

ISBN-10: 1551643588

ISBN-13: 9781551643588

A brand new and revised collection of writings by means of one of many best thinkers of anarchism and probably the most vital practitioners of social revolution, introduced jointly during this assortment for the final reader and pupil and approximately all released for the 1st time in English.

A titan one of the social philosophers of the age that produced Proudhon, Marx, Blanqui, and Kropotkin, Michael Bakunin was once all in favour of the Dresden rebellion in 1848, which resulted in his imprisonment first in Germany, then in Russia, and his exile in Siberia, from the place he escaped to Europe in 1861. till his demise in 1876, he lived and labored in London, Naples, Paris, Prague, Berlin and Geneva against the communist-statist Marx and the populist-liberal Herzen.

“The such a lot entire anthology I’ve visible of this overlooked author. It confirms my suspicion that Bakunin is the main underrated of the classical nineteenth century theoreticians.” —Dwight Macdonald

“The most sensible on hand in English. Bakunin’s insights into strength and freedom, the hot periods of experts, are clean, unique and infrequently nonetheless unsurpassed in readability and vision.” —Noam Chomsky

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As punishment, the circle-people were split in two, giving rise to human beings as each of us is today, restlessly seeking to rejoin with another human and become whole once more, a desire to which we give the name eros. Aristophanes makes a point of exhorting his hearers to be content with this lowly eros and never to be impious toward the gods again. Socrates’ Diotima, on the other hand, singles out Aristophanes’ account as flawed: eros is not horizontal attraction between two persons, but rather a vertical ladder to be climbed, at the top of which the eroticist becomes dear to the gods and, if possible, immortal.

Before moving to a major confrontation with the Symposium speech of Socrates, Part II steps back from the Platonic dialogue to problematize political eros as a discourse, situating political eros within several broad ancient rhetorical, historical, and linguistic contexts. Chapter 3 argues that Thucydides’ history was arranged, in part, to illustrate a theory of political eros. 6). The remainder of Part II then addresses two of the problems that the Greek discourse of 20 Introduction political eros raises for modern readers: the problem of erotic aggression or hubris, in which sexuality was thought to be used to establish and maintain hierarchies (Chapter 4), and the problem of the sublimation of eros into abstract objects of desire such as love of country (Chapter 5).

See also the discussion in Chapter 6. 31 Eros and Polis of intellectually gifted youths, to admiration for the lover’s eloquence in moving the assembly to vote for his side of an important issue. Rhetorical skill, in the direct-vote democracy, would be an adult analogue of athletic prowess. On a more personal level than hero worship, once a young man began to feel affection for his lover, the same operation of shame and honor that spurred the lover to greater heights would also begin to operate in the beloved (178e 1–3), who would desire to live up to his lover’s expectations.

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