Max Stirner | Criticism

Criticism will archive pieces about the work of a member of the Union of Egoists. Biographical sketches will be linked off of the Biography page for each member.

This Stirner page will probably be “under heavy construction” as we sort out what material we have from the various archives and how best to present it.

Until things are tidier, I recommend this as a starting point:

Max Stirner’s Philosophy by Svein Olav Nyberg

Major Works:

Max Stirner’s Egoism and Nihilism, by Larry Alan Schiereck (August, 1981, revised 1996 and 2015) [ABSTRACT] [PDF]

Essays:

The Free by Svein Olav Nyberg

A Proposal for Freedom By Shirley F. Frederick.

Max Stirner by James Huneker

Max Stirner And The Heresy Of Self-Abundance by Maynard Whitlow. A General Semantics perspective on Stirner’s philosophy.

Stirner and Marx by Alexander Green

Against Max Stirner: A Defence of Marxism’s Humanist Standpoint by Alastair Mcleish

The Egoism of Max Stirner by Sidney E. Parker

A Note on Stirner, Egoism, and Anarchism courtesy of Tracy Harms

Anarchism, Angst, and Max Stirner by Sidney E. Parker
A review of title The Ego and His Own: Selections from Max Stirner selected and introduced by John Carroll.
Published in Anarchy Magazine Number 7 (London: Express Printers 1977)

 

 


The text below is from old sites such as the Egoist Archive or i-studies.com. We are keeping these lists because much of the material is in disorder, and it gives us an easy method of looking for specific things and moving them up to the top of the page when found and put back online.


Stanford Encyclopaedia entry on Stirner by David Leopold

The First Hegelians: An Introduction, by Lawrence Stepelevich, which includes Young Hegelianism: A Bibliography Of General Studies, 1930 To Present [1976]

The Essence Of Christianity In Relation To The Ego And Its Own, by Ludwig Feuerbach, Translated by Frederick M. Gordon.

The Debate Between Feuerbach and Stirner: An Introduction, by Frederick M. Gordon.

The German Ideology- A reaction to The Ego and Its Own by the Feuerbachians and ideological authors Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. This work contains a 500-page ad hominem barrage against ‘St. Max’. Though mostly ludicrous, this document has historical importance.

Eugene Dietzgens more modern Marxist critique of Stirner.

Herr Helms and Herr Stirner: A Critique of Hans G. Helms “The Ideology of the Anonymous Society” by Kurt Zube.

Max Stirner (1806-1856) by Andrew Carlson. The text comprises Chapter II of Andrew Carlson’s, Anarchism In Germany: The Early Movement.

Book Review: All things are nothing to me. The following is a review of a Rebel Press edition of Max Stirner’s The Ego and Its Own published in the 10 October 1981 issue of Freedom.

Contemporary Commentaries on Stirner

  • The German Ideology: Critique of Modern German Philosophy According to Its Representatives Feuerbach, B. Bauer and Stirner, and of German Socialism According to Its Various Prophets by Marx and Engels.
  • Engel’s letter to Marx Nov., 19, 1844, on his reading of Der Einzige, and his generally favorable impression.
  • Engel’s letter to Marx Jan., 20, 1844, agreeing with the unfortunately now missing reply of Marx to Engel’s previous letter.
  • The Essence Of Christianity In Relation To The Ego And Its Own, by Ludwig Feuerbach, translated by Frederick M. Gordon
  • On Stirner and Seliga, by Edgar Bauer, translated by Lawrence Stepelevich.

Commentaries on Stirner and other Hegelians

  • The Debate Between Feuerbach and Stirner: An Introduction, by Frederick M. Gordon

Lawrence Stepelevich on Stirner and other Hegelians

Former professor of philosophy at Villanova University and president of the Hegelian Society. In my opinion, far and away the most reliable and knowledgable writer on Stirner.

  • The First Hegelians: an Introduction
  • Hegel and Stirner: Thesis and Antithesis
  • The Revival of Max Stirner
  • Max Stirner and Ludwig Feuerbach
  • Young Hegelianism: A Bibliography Of General Studies, 1930 To Present [1976]

Miscellaneous Commentaries on Stirner

  • Stirner et Nietzsche by Albert Levy, 1914. Contains Nietzche’s borrowing record at the library of the Univerity of Bale.
  • Stirner: “The Ego and His Own” – a review by Max Baginski, from Mother Earth, Vol. II, No. 3, May 1907, pp. 142-151.
  • Laissez Faire Books Ad for The Ego on Tape
  • ‘Individualism’ in the Mid-Nineteenth Century”, by Koenrad W. Swart, reviewed by David Westling