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Title: 'Human light': The mystical religion of Mikhail Bakunin
Contributor(s): Knowles, Robert William (author)
Publication Date: 2002
DOI: 10.1080/10848770120114547
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Abstract: CONTRADICTIONThe idea of an avowed atheist, materialist, and anarchist activist such as MikhailBakunin (1814–1876)'3' possessing his own religious beliefs at first seems contradictory.It is easy to find Bakunin clearly making atheistic and anti-religious assertions in hiswritings. As a convinced communitarian anarchist he had adopted a personal andcollective mission to contribute as much as he was able to the emancipation ofhumanity from all forms of authority.'4' In order to do so, on a philosophical level atleast, he had to argue for the removal of a supernatural God, the Church, and the Stateas fundamental ideals and structures which he believed stood in the way of humanfreedom, both conceptually and historically.5 Bakunin evoked a “materialist” worldview,devoid of all forms of authority from above. There have, however, beensuggestions that Bakunin’s “materialist” and “atheistic” thought contained elements ofmysticism.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The European Legacy, 7(1), p. 7-24
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 1084-8770
Field of Research (FOR): 210307 European History (excl British, Classical Greek and Roman)
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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