Remembering Murray Bookchin (1921-2006): Dialectical Naturalism

Anarchist Studies - ISSN 2633-8270
Volume 30 Number 2 (2022)

Remembering Murray Bookchin (1921-2006): Dialectical Naturalism
Brian Morris pages 79-94
DOI: 10.3898/AS.30.2.04

Abstract

This essay examines Murray Bookchin’s dialectical or evolutionary naturalism, the metaphysic that underpins his social ecology, his libertarian socialism, and his ethical naturalism. Using Joel Kovel’s suggestion that there were two Bookchins – a dialectical naturalist and promoter of Enlightenment humanism and a polemicist consumed with venom and rage – I outline Bookchin’s metaphysics of nature and then turn, in the second part, to Bookchin’s critique of several ontologies advo-cated by deep ecologists, in the closing decades of the twentieth century. The essay explains why Bookchin felt that these were either shallow or inadequate as meta-physics and led to reformist, or even reactionary, forms of politics.

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Brian Morris (2022) Remembering Murray Bookchin (1921-2006): Dialectical Naturalism, Anarchist Studies, 30(2), 79-94. https://doi.org/10.3898/AS.30.2.04

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