Max Stirner : Father of Egoism

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(1806 - 1856)

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Max Stirner? The philosophizing petit bourgeois to whom Karl Marx had given the brush-off? The anarchist, egoist, nihilist, the crude precursor of Nietzsche? Yes, he.

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Quotes

"Alienness is a criterion of the 'sacred.' In everything sacred there lies something 'uncanny,' strange, such as we are not quite familiar and at home in."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 1, Chapter II, Section 2, Sub-Section 2

"...interest in spiritual things, when it is alive, is and must be fanaticism..."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 1, Chapter II, Section 2, Sub-Section 2

"Who is there that has never, more or less consciously, noticed that our whole education is calculated to produce feelings in us, impart them to us, instead of leaving their production to ourselves however they may turn out?"

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 1, Chapter II, Section 2, Sub-Section 2

"When I had exalted myself to be the owner of the world, egoism had won its first complete victory, had vanquished the world, had become worldless, and put the acquisitions of a long age under lock and key."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 1, Chapter II, Section 2, Sub-Section 3

"One must act 'disinterestedly,' not want to benefit himself, but the state. Hereby the latter has become the true person, before whom the individual personality vanishes; not I live, but it lives in me."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 1, Chapter II, Section 3, Sub-Section 1

"If the welfare of the state is the end, war is a hallowed means; if justice is the state's end, homicide is a hallowed means, and is called by its sacred name, 'execution'; the sacred state hallows everything that is serviceable to it."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 1, Chapter II, Section 3, Sub-Section 1

"...turn to yourselves rather than to your gods or idols. Bring out from yourselves what is in you, bring it to the light, bring yourselves to revelation."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 2, Chapter I.

"As long as there still exists even one institution which the individual may not dissolve, the ownness and self-appurtenance of Me is still very remote. How can I be free when I must bind myself by oath to a constitution, a charter, a law, 'vow body and soul' to my people? How can I be my own when my faculties may develop only so far as they 'do not disturb the harmony of society'?"

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 2, Chapter II, Section 2

"If men reach the point of losing respect for property, every one will have property, as all slaves become free men as soon as they no longer respect the master as master."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 2, Chapter II, Section 2

"Let my people, if they will, go without liberty of free press, I will manage to print by force or ruse; I get my permission to print only from - myself and my strength."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 2, Chapter II, Section 2

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About Max Stirner

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The philosophy of Max Stirner is credited as a major influence in the development of nihilism, existentialism, post-modernism, and anarchism (especially of egoist anarchism, individualist anarchism, postanarchism, and post-left anarchy). Stirner's main philosophical work was The Ego and Its Own, also known as The Ego and His Own (Der Einzige und sein Eigentum in German, which means, more accurately in German, The Individual and his Property).

Stirner's philosophy has been cited as an influence on both his contemporaries, most notably Karl Marx (who was strongly opposed to Stirner's views), as well as subsequent thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Enrico Arrigoni, Steven T. Byington, Benjamin R. Tucker, Emile Armand, Albert Camus, and Saul Newman.

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Works

This person has authored 28 documents, with 182,173 words or 1,071,310 characters.

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 1842 ~ (3,714 Words / 22,538 Characters)
Now, as soon as man suspects that he has another side of himself (Jenseits) within himself, and that he is not enough in his mere natural state, then he is driven on to divide himself into that which he actually is, and that which he should become. Just as the youth is the future of the boy, and the mature man the future of the innocent child, so that othersider (Jenseitiger) is the future man who must be expected on the other side of this present reality. Upon the awakening of that suspicion, man strives after and longs for the second other man of the future, and will not rest until he sees himself before the shape of this man from the other side. This shape fluctuates back and forth within him for a long time; he only feels it as a light in the innermost darkness of himself that would elevate itself, but as yet has no certain contour or fixed form. For a long time, along with other groping and dumb others in that darkness, the artistic gen... (From : TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 1844 Men of the Old Time and the New How each of us developed himself, what he strove for, attained, or missed, what objects he formerly pursued and what plans and wishes his heart is now set on, what transformation his views have experienced, what perturbations his principles - in short, how he has today become what yesterday or years ago he was not - this he brings out again from his memory with more or less ease, and he feels with especial vividness what changes have taken place in himself when he has before his eyes the unrolling of another's life. Let us therefore look into the activities our forefathers busied themselves with.

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- (7,134 Words / 44,487 Characters)
The False Principle of Our Education Or - Humanism And Realism By Max Stirner Because our time is struggling toward the word with which it may express its spirit, many names come to the fore and all make claim to being the right name. On all sides our present time reveals the most chaotic partizan tumult and the eagles of the moment gather around the decaying legacy of the past. There is everywhere a great abundance of political, social, ecclesiastical, scientific, artistic, moral and other corpses, and until they are all consumed, the air will not be clean and the breath of living beings will be oppressed. Without our assistance, time will not bring the right word to light; we must all work together on it. If, however, so much depends upon us, we may reasonably ask what they have made of us and what they propose to make of us; we ask about the education through which they seek to enable us to become the creators of that word. (From : Anarchy Archives.)

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- (6,943 Words / 40,060 Characters)
Of a member of the Berlin Community against the Publication to the 57 Clergymen: "The Christian Sunday Celebration(Mass), A Word of Love to Our Congregation." Dear Brothers and Sisters! A word of love was directed at us; we are not permitted to close our ears. On the first day of this year, a pamphlet will be handed out, in the church, to the church-goers of Berlin; it carries the title: "The Christian Sunday Celebration. A word of love to our congregation," and it concerns us all deeply. Before we later take him to heart in the particular, we include the same content written together in the few words of the second page: "Given that it is undeniable, that the corruption of the church itself is most outwardly apparent by the desecration of the parochial holidays, and the ranks of other religious collectives by nature, like is being perpetrated under us these days, the biggest seize the initiative etc., so for now we offer our congregation the follow... (From : Anarchy Archives.)

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 1847 ~ (5,027 Words / 31,071 Characters)
A Response to Kuno Fischers The Modern Sophists A prolific painter, working in his studio, was called to lunch by his wife. He answered: Wait just a moment; I only have twelve life-size apostles, a Christ and a Madonna to paint. Such is the way of the philosophical reactionary Kuno Fischer I chose this phrase, because one must not appear in the drawing room of philosophy without the tailcoat of a philosophical phrase he deals with the difficult titans work of modern criticism, which had to storm the philosophical heaven, the last heaven under the heavens, in broad brushstrokes. He depicts one after the other. It is a joy to see. Strauss, Feuerbach, Bruno Bauer, Stirner, the Greek sophists, the Jesuits, the sophists of romanticism, all get depicted using the same stencil. The good man goes after sophists the way that our Lichtfreunde and German Ca... (From : TheAnarchistLibrary.org.)

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- (18,073 Words / 112,755 Characters)
Translator's Preface Stirner's critics by Max Stirner Szeliga Feuerbach Hess Footnotes Translator's Preface Working on this translation has been a pleasurable challenge for me. Stirner uses straightforward, even fairly simple language, filled with passion and sarcasm, to express ideas that are difficult, though more in the fact that very few people would want to accept their implications than in their complexity. In wrestling with this work, I have had to make decisions about how best to get Stirner's thinking across in English. The purpose of this preface is to explain some of those decisions. One of the central terms in Stirner's thinking is "der Einzige." I have chosen to translate this as "the unique." Some have argued in favor of leaving this noun in German, and I understand thei... (From : Anarchy Archives.)

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 1919 ~ (777 Words / 4,309 Characters)
Governments do not let me come to my value, and continue to exist only through my valuelessness: they are forever intent of getting benefits from me, that is exploiting me, turning me to account, using me up, even the use they get from me consists only in my supplying a proletariat; they want me to be their creature. Pauperism can only be removed when I as ego realize value from myself, when I give my own self value. I must rise in revolt to rise in the world. What I produce, flour, linen, or iron and coal, which I toilsomely win from the earth, etc, is my work that I want to realize value from. But then I may long complain that I am not paid for my work according to its value: the payer will not listen to me, and the governments likewise will maintain an apathetic attitude so long as it does not think that they must appease me that I may not break out with my dreaded might. But this appeasing will be all,... (From : Kate Sharpley Library, http://www.katesharpleylibr....)

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 1841 ~ (3,656 Words / 21,392 Characters)
The following text is Stirner's first publication, which previous collections of Stirner's writings do not contain. Review of: Theodor Rohmer: German occupation in the present. Zurich and Winterthur: Publishing house of the literary Comptoirs 1841 in: The railroad. A support leaf for the formed world (Leipzig), 4th Jg., no. 77/78 (28./30.12.1841), S.307-308, 310-312 Max Stirner: "You only have the courage to be destructive" How happy I was as a child to lie on green fields and look up into blue skies. The sweet smells of Spring would waft through the air as dreamed of my bright future. I dreamed of becoming a great man. I would throw fistfuls of gold out of my carriage and masses of poor and stunned people would worship me. I would build fairy palaces and alhambras. Rosy girls would attend to my every need in flowering gardens. Had I been able to throw myself directly into the work force I should have indeed become a rich and famous... (From : Anarchy Archives.)

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October 25, 1806 :
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June 26, 1856 :
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November 15, 2016 ; 4:50:13 PM (America/Los_Angeles) :
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April 21, 2019 ; 5:05:48 PM (America/Los_Angeles) :
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