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The Ego and His Own: The Case of the Individual Against Authority (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) Paperback – December 16, 2005
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It is important to know that it is a lengthy book, and you really need to focus to understand his argument. I suggest reading it 20 pages at a time and then reflecting.
He also tends to make the same point over and over, but I think it does highlight his overall philosophy.
Even though this book was written when Nietzsche was a child, Stirner goes far beyond anything Nietzsche could dream of. This may be the most underrated book in history. People are only now beginning to appreciate it.
The Ego And His Own destroys the foundations for the authority of the modern Secular State. The most important thing to remember when reading is Stirner never used the word "ego" himself. When he speaks of the "I" he means his non-reified, uniquely lived experience.
He brilliantly makes the case that one's interests are their own, and can only be their own regardless of what religious or secular authoritarians (including modern day Leftists like Noam Chomsky & Micheal Albert) say.
This book will go over most people's heads, but for those who can appreciate it, it is worth far more than its weight in gold.
As I see it, it's "wrong" (or rather just a weaker interpretation abolishing his finest insight) to think of Stirner as ONE MORE ideologist (of anarchism, for instance). Taking atheism for granted, he is concerned not with God but rather with the "God-shaped hole" that many 'righteous' atheists, still pious after all, stuff with world-saving and individual-hallowing "-isms." Stirner is not "against" this human tendency in some universal, righteous way (which would be of course the practice the very thing he would be condemning). Instead, he's sharing his own joyful sense of liberation as a bird might sing in the sunrise.
I recently read Marx's fiery critique of Stirner in The German Ideology. He burns away everything that is silly in Stirner (Marx comes across as far more worldly and sophisticated), and yet Stirner's almost single perfect thought survives all of this--and is actually improved by having everything superfluous or mere husk stripped away. I'd recommend reading both books. But I'll summarize my review by saying that Stirner's book contains as its center the "absolute" thought, a vision of radical freedom, creative "nothingness." This is related to Blake's "poetic genius" (human imagination as God) in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.