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Justice, order and anarchy: the international political theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809— 1865)

Prichard, Alex (2007) Justice, order and anarchy: the international political theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809— 1865). Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 35 (3). pp. 623-645. ISSN 0305-8298

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Identification Number: 10.1177/03058298070350031401

Abstract

Despite penning nearly 2000 pages on international politics, the works of the anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon simply do not feature in either the historiography or the study of contemporary IR theory. I argue that this is unjustified by illustrating his compelling and enduring insights into the history and nature of `the international'. Proudhon employed a sociological and psychological theory of justice; he saw war and conflict as the motors of change in society; and he saw order as emergent from the deep anarchy of (global) society. The paper provides a contextualised reading of his works to illustrate its historical importance, and demonstrates its potential to contribute to current IR theory through a comparison with contemporary Critical Theory. `As man seeks justice in equality, so society seeks order in anarchy.' `Man's belligerent nature is all that saves him from despotism.'

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://mil.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2007 Millennium: Journal of International Studies,
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HX Socialism. Communism. Anarchism
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2011 13:50
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 12:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/36798

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