By Duane Rousselle

Post-anarchists have hitherto trusted post-structuralist opinions of ontological essentialism that allows you to situate their discourse when it comes to the normal anarchist discourse. Post-anarchism calls for the elaboration of one other vital line of critique opposed to epistemological foundationalism – to complete this job, this ebook takes post-anarchism to its restrict via a analyzing of the philosophy of Georges Bataille. Georges Bataille's philosophy allows new methods of conceiving anarchist ethics that aren't predicated upon essentialist different types, foundationalist truth-claims, or the corporation of the topic within the political context. After Post-Anarchism, we problem the hegemony that epistemology has loved for numerous centuries of political and philosophical suggestion.

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He exposed the negative dimension of all philosophical works (and the concrete social practices and institutions founded upon them) as inherently unstable and predicated upon a fundamen34 tal failure. He further highlighted the methodology that guides this thesis which is best summarized by the following passage: “You must know, first of all, that everything that has a manifest side also has a hidden side. Your face is quite noble, there’s a truth in your eyes with which you grasp the world, but your hairy parts underneath your dress are no less a truth than your mouth is” (Bataille, 1997).

Truzzi, 1976: 4). Nihilists seek to discredit and/or interrupt all universalist and relativist responses to the question of place and thus step outside of the burden of proof. Thus, when I speak about nihilism, I intend to describe meta-ethical discourses that refuse to settle within conventional manifest philosophy. Rather, nihilists are critics of 44 the unstable framework all that currently exists and they raise this critique against all such one-sided foundations and systems. Saul Newman has described Max Stirner, whose work, according to rumours from some anarchists, inspired some of the writings of Nietzsche,4 as the proto-typical post-anarchist.

What I can say is that it does not occur within a restrictive apparatus of language and knowledge. It is ostensibly captured by these restrictive apparatuses, but in actuality it is not at all captured. It passes like lightning through metaphor. Post-anarchism has also occurred like a flash of lightning. I shall argue that post-anarchism has commonly been associated with one of two trends over the last two decades. First, and most popularly, it has referred to the extension of traditional anarchist philosophy by way of interventions 30 into and from post-structuralism and/or postmodern philosophy.

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