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The ego and his own [Paperback]

Max Stirner
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8 July 2012
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ... his will, at the same time making his statute, by the " sacred power of right," all the firmer against writers. Whether I am in the right or not there is no judge but myself. Others can judge only whether they endorse my right, and whether it exists as right for them too. In the meantime let us take the matter yet another way. I am to reverence sultanic law in the sultanate, popular law in republics, canon law in Catholic communities, etc. To these laws I am to subordinate myself; I am to regard them as sacred. A " sense of right" and " law-abiding mind " of such a sort is so firmly planted in people's heads that the most revolutionary persons of our days want to subject us to a new " sacred law," the " law of society," the law of mankind, the " right of all," and the like. The right of " all " is to go before my right. As a right of all it would indeed be my right among the rest, since I, with the rest, am included in all; but that it is at the same time a right of others, or even of all others, does not move me to its upholding. Not as a right of all will I defend it, but as my right; and then every other may see to it how he shall likewise maintain it for himself. The right of all (e. g. to eat) is a right of every individual. Let each keep this right unabridged for himself, then all exercise it spontaneously; let him not take care for all though,--let him not grow zealous for it as for a right of all. But the social reformers preach to us a " law of society." There the individual becomes society's slave, and is in the right only when society makes him out in the right, i. e. when he lives according to society's statutes and so is--loyal. Whether I am loyal under a despotism or in a " society " a la Weitling, it is the same absence of right...

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: (8 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0217624146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0217624145
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Johann Kaspar Schmidt (1806–1856), better known as Max Stirner (the nom de plume he adopted from a schoolyard nickname he had acquired as a child because of his high brow, in German 'Stirn'), was a German philosopher, who ranks as one of the literary fathers of nihilism, existentialism, post-modernism and anarchism, especially of individualist anarchism. Stirner's main work is The Ego and Its Own, also known as The Ego and His Own (Der Einzige und sein Eigentum in German, which translates literally as The Only One and his Property). This work was first published in 1844 in Leipzig, and has since appeared in numerous editions and translations. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable 31 Aug 2011
Not sure what General Books tried to do here. This one's converted to text using OCR software, the result being that the text is crammed with errors ranging from entertaining to insulting.

Quote from pp 11 "From the moment when he catches sight of the light of the world ajman sejk. s tp find out himself and get hpjd f Awi //loj ojj jconjhiita everything else, is tossed about in motley mixture".
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This is an excellent book - look online for a pdf version: which is free. This copy is unreadable. The mistakes are frequent, and they vary from simple spelling to completely illegible reproduction of quotes.
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