Justice, Order and Anarchy: The International Political Theory of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Millennium: journal of international studies
Despite penning nearly 2000 pages on nternational 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 confl ict 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.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from SAGE Publications via the DOI in this record.
Vol. 35 (3), pp. 623 - 645