Monday, June 30, 2008

Proudhon: A biographical introduction

The Tucker translation of What Is Property? is prefaced by a translation of J. A. Langlois' "P. J. Proudhon: His Life and Work," the biographical introduction to Proudhon's collected Correspondence. Tucker includes a disclaimer regarding Langlois' account, and it would be nice if we had the ability to easily judge Proudhon by his works, but with so much still to be translated, the careful use of commentary is necessary for most of us. Most of what Langlois wrote rings true to me, and the chronology provided is extremely useful. I recommend the account for all participants in the Proudhon seminar, and anyone else interested in understanding Proudhon's work.

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