THE EGO AND HIS OWN - by Max STIRNER
Without doubt the greatest exposition of 'Anarchism' ever written. Over one hundred and seventy years after its first publication it is as challenging an argument for the "individuality" of man as it was way back in 1845.
"Look upon yourself as more powerful than they give you out for, and you have more power; look upon yourself as more, and you have more." Max Stirner
Contents of this book: Due to the great length and complexity of the argument that he provides in this volume, here are the contents of Max Stirner's book so that you cna get an idea of the structure of his argument. It is a multi-stage analysis of 'Egoism' and Leadership, Power and Politics. The division of the work into Parts, Chapters and Sections below should give you an idea of how Stirner is handling his topic:
All Things are Nothing to Me (his Foreword)
Part First : Man
1. A Human Life
2. Men of the Old Time and the New
I. The Ancients
II. The Moderns
§1. The Spirit
§2. The Possessed
§3. The Hierarchy
III. The Free
§1. Political Liberalism
§2. Social Liberalism
§3. Humane Liberalism
Part Second : I
2. The Owner
I. My Power
II. My Intercourse
III. My Self-Enjoyment
3. The Unique One
This Volume Includes: A brief Introductory Essay to Max Stirner's chef-d'oeuvre 'The Ego and His Own' ('Der Einzige und sein Eigentum') by Edouard d'Araille, an Introduction by Steven S. Byington (the translator) and an additional foreword by J.L. Walker (to the original English edition). All necessary footnotes have been retained (by Stirner and the translator) and there are three portraits of Max Stirner (one photograph, two stylized caricatures) included in the volume.
About the Author and this Unique Book: German Individualist Philosopher 'Johann Caspar Schmidt', known by his pen-name of Max Stirner, wrote one of the classic philosophical works of the nineteenth century with his 'The Ego and His Own' (1843). Against a cultural backdrop of Hegelianism and Marxism, Max Stirner created a book which would propose an entirely different philosophy - one of Individualism, Egocentrism and Anarchy. He saw the Ego as the founding basis of all theoretical, practical and political philosophy and a figure like Nicolo Machiavelli expresses the egocentrism of his philosophy perfectly. Scholars, especially of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Existentialism, will be interested to rediscover this work and reflect on its similarity of theme - yet difference in treatment - especially to the two aforementioned authors. 'the Ego and His Own' is also an important work for scholars of the Hegelians “Die Freien” (the “Free Ones”) - under the leadership of brothers Edgar and Bruno Bauer - as well as the authors Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Arnold Ruge, Georg Herwegh and Ludwig Feuerbach.
A unique book on the nature of the Ego and the philosophy of Egoism. Max Stirner (the pen-name of Johann Caspar Schmidt) was a massively talented philosopher in the nineteenth century and this is his greatest work, essential to understanding the philosphy of anarchy and rebellion, as well as warfare and territorialism. It is certainly in need of being rediscovered and reflected on in the light of the conflicts of the twentieth century and current political affairs.