By Carissa Honeywell
A British Anarchist Tradition makes a speciality of 3 modern British theorists and practitioners, Herbert learn, Colin Ward, and Alex convenience and appears at their interrelation, commonality, and collective impact on British radical thought.
The ebook goals to foster a better knowing of anarchism as an highbrow reaction to twentieth century advancements and its influence on political inspiration and pursuits. For the 1st time, the paintings of those 3 writers is gifted as a practice, highlighting the consistency in their issues and issues. to take action, the ebook indicates how they addressed the issues confronted by means of smooth British society, with transparent strains of political, literary, and highbrow traditions linking them. It additionally makes a speciality of their contribution to the improvement of anarchist conceptions of freedom within the 20th century.
A British Anarchist Tradition identifies a space of anarchism that merits larger serious, scholarly awareness. Its certain and thorough study will make it a helpful source for someone attracted to modern anarchist idea, political idea, and political movements.
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Hulme advocated an understanding of man as limited and static, only achieving a level of civilization through adherence to tradition and organization. He attacked the contrary image of man as individual and dynamic on which he considered was based a harmful notion of progress that threatened to destroy the existing order. Hulme attacked romanticism in particular for propagating this dangerous conception of convention-breaking dynamic spontaneity. Against Hulme’s view, Read came to see the romantic emphasis on the emotional and intuitive content of art as crucial to the modernist regenerative task.
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A British Anarchist Tradition: Herbert Read, Alex Comfort and Colin Ward by Carissa Honeywell