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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. Modern science and anarchism - Image 42. 1912. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 21, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1009/show/934.

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Title Modern science and anarchism
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  • Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921
Publisher Freedom Press
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  • London
Date 1912
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  • Anarchism
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  • pamphlets
Language English
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Original Item Extent 110 pages; 20 cm.
Original Item Location HX915.K93 1912
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Transcript VIIT. PLACE OF ANARCHISM IN MODERN SCIENCE. What place, then, does Anarchism occupy in the great intellectual movement of the nineteenth century] The answer to this question is already apparent in what has been said in the preceding chapters. Anarchism is a conception of the Universe based on tbe mechanical* interpretation of phenomena, which comprises the whole of Nature, including the life of human societies and their economic, political, and moral problems. Its method is that of natural sciences, and every conclusion it comes to must be verified by this method if it pretends to be scientific. Its tendency is to work out a synthetic philosophy which will take in all facts of Nature, including the life of societies, without, however, falling into tbe errors of Comte and Spencer, which were due to reasons already pointed out. It is evident that on this account Anarchism necessarily has to give its own answers to all questions put before us by modern life, and it unavoidably takes up an attitude with regard to them quite different from that of all political parties, as also, up to a certain point, of the Socialist parties, which have not yet freed themselves from old metaphysical fictions. Of course, the elaboration of a complete mechanical conception of Nature and human societies is at present hardly begun in its sociological part, devoted to the life and evolution of societies. Nevertheless, the little that has been done, at times even unconsciously, already bears tbe character which we have indicated. In the philosophy of Law, in the theory of morals, in political economy, and in the historical study of nations and institutions, Anarchism has already proved that it would not content itself with the metaphysical conclusions of old, but would look for a naturalistic basis. It refuses to be imposed upon by the metaphysics of Hegel, Schelling, and Kant, by the expositors of Roman or Canonical * It would have been better to i»y "kinetic." but tht9 expression ia less known.