Toward an evolutionary synthesis of individualist and communist anarchism: The evolutionary bases of cooperation

Steven Ames Peterson

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Abstract

Purpose - This chapter uses evolutionary theory to determine if certain aspects of political thinkers' societal visions might comport with human nature. Design/methodology/approach - This chapter summarizes the political views of two thinkers and then applies our evolutionary understanding of altruism/cooperation to determine if their views can in any way be considered consistent with human nature. Findings - The chapter explores the underlying commonality between individualist anarchism and anarcho-communism. There is a subtle but credible relationship between these two libertarian perspectives through the evolution of cooperation in its several manifestations. It can be said that the key tenets of Max Stirner and Peter Kropotkin are underlain by evolutionary impulses, thus rendering their claims of cooperation and sociality plausible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe World of Biology and Politics
Subtitle of host publicationOrganization and Research Areas
EditorsSteven Peterson, Albert Somit
Pages185-198
Number of pages14
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2 2013

Publication series

NameResearch in Biopolitics
Volume11
ISSN (Print)2042-9940

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anarchism
communism
altruism
evolutionary theory
sociality
methodology
co-operation
Anarchism
Communist
Evolutionary Synthesis
Evolutionary
Human Nature
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law

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Peterson, S. A. (2013). Toward an evolutionary synthesis of individualist and communist anarchism: The evolutionary bases of cooperation. In S. Peterson, & A. Somit (Eds.), The World of Biology and Politics: Organization and Research Areas (pp. 185-198). (Research in Biopolitics; Vol. 11). https://doi.org/10.1108/S2042-9940(2013)0000011012
Peterson, Steven Ames. / Toward an evolutionary synthesis of individualist and communist anarchism : The evolutionary bases of cooperation. The World of Biology and Politics: Organization and Research Areas. editor / Steven Peterson ; Albert Somit. 2013. pp. 185-198 (Research in Biopolitics).
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Peterson, SA 2013, Toward an evolutionary synthesis of individualist and communist anarchism: The evolutionary bases of cooperation. in S Peterson & A Somit (eds), The World of Biology and Politics: Organization and Research Areas. Research in Biopolitics, vol. 11, pp. 185-198. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2042-9940(2013)0000011012

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The World of Biology and Politics: Organization and Research Areas. ed. / Steven Peterson; Albert Somit. 2013. p. 185-198 (Research in Biopolitics; Vol. 11).

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Peterson SA. Toward an evolutionary synthesis of individualist and communist anarchism: The evolutionary bases of cooperation. In Peterson S, Somit A, editors, The World of Biology and Politics: Organization and Research Areas. 2013. p. 185-198. (Research in Biopolitics). https://doi.org/10.1108/S2042-9940(2013)0000011012