A graduate student of philosophy, author and philosopher Alexander Berkman, has written a book that proposes to re-invent the syllabus of university history courses.
The book, Anarcho-Syndicalism, is to be published next month.
The theory was born from a discussion of history in the US with the sociologist Andrew Bacevich, who has been a professor at Yale University for more than 40 years.
“The theory is based on what we know about the history of the United States, what we’ve learned from history, and what we are learning from history now,” Berkman told ABC News.
The author said he would put his ideas on a syllabus that would be more open and “transparent”, adding that it was his intention to “make it a text which would be accessible to everyone, without being a textbook”.
Berkman’s book will be published in November 2018, and is intended to be a reference guide to the theory, which is intended for university students and would not be a textbook.
“What I would like to do is to make it a book which is accessible to anyone who is interested in the history, philosophy, anarchism, and social movements,” Berkmans said.
“And that would mean people who don’t know history, but they want to understand the politics of the time and the history.”
I think this is something that I would want to be able to do.
“Berkmans’ proposal was a way of challenging the notion of history as a “tendency”, and in doing so, challenge the idea that history is a sort of fixed point of reference.”
We are constantly changing what we see and hear and do in the present moment, and we cannot be certain that what we have seen is correct.””
The way that we define the history that we know is based upon our understanding of what has been happening in the world since the beginning of time.”
We are constantly changing what we see and hear and do in the present moment, and we cannot be certain that what we have seen is correct.
Historical knowledge, like any other knowledge, has an inherent bias towards what is commonly accepted and what is the mainstream.””
In the process of learning, we need to learn from our mistakes, and so this is a way for us to learn something about ourselves and what makes us different from others.”
Historical knowledge, like any other knowledge, has an inherent bias towards what is commonly accepted and what is the mainstream.
“Bersman said that when it comes to history, people often “think of the past as being static and fixed, and that this is not the case”.”
But history is an iterative process, as opposed to a linear one,” he added.”
As you look back over the course of history, there is always room for improvement and you can see that there have been important changes, even if they were minor.
“This book will aim to challenge that notion of the history we live in as static and unchangeable.”
The book will focus on the development of anarchism from the 1880s to the present, and it will include a chapter on the history and philosophy of Marxism.
The book, which Berkmans says will be available in print as early as next year, will also examine the history in a historical context, with a focus on anarchism in Australia and the US.
The project was inspired by the book Black Sheep, written by the Australian philosopher Peter Kropotkin, and the book The Conquest of Bread, written in the 1960s by the American journalist and activist Michael Hardt.
“Black Sheep was a book about the American revolutionary tradition that was shaped by the Black Panthers and their efforts to challenge the authority of white supremacy and capitalism,” Berkmen said.”[The book] was about a particular kind of radicalism that emerged in the American South, that was a movement against white supremacy, and I wanted to do something similar in this project.”
The project has been supported by the Centre for the Study of Society and the State at the University of Melbourne.
Berkmen said he was also inspired by anarchism because of the “unifying theme of human liberation”.
“The theme of freedom of thought, and freedom from domination, is central to anarchism, as it’s central to human liberation,” he explained.
“When I read Black Sheep and The Conquest, I was inspired, and when I read the book I felt like I understood something about the origins of anarchism.”
The author of Anarcho_Syndica_is_Coming_to_Australia is a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Philosophy.