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KropotkinReviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition$
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Ruth Kinna

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748642298

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642298.001.0001

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Out with the Old, in with the New

Out with the Old, in with the New

(p.9) 1 Out with the Old, in with the New

Ruth Kinna

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter outlines the idea of 'classical anarchism'. It presents a historiography of anarchism to illustrate the ways that assessments of Kropotkin's work have helped shape and articulate the classical idea. The argument is that the representational position that Kropotkin has assumed as a classical anarchist rests on a set of interrelated ideas about science. Kropotkin is a particularly good vehicle for these arguments because his work contains a wealth of scientific tropes. The chapter looks closely at the idea of evolution and at the role that the theory of mutual aid played in the 1960s in establishing Kropotkin's theoretical respectability and his reputation as an advocate gradualist non-violent change.

Keywords:   Classical anarchism, Peter Kropotkin, Anarchist science, Mutual Aid, Evolutionary theory

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