A 'radical humanist' approach to the concept of solidarity

WILDE, L., 2004. A 'radical humanist' approach to the concept of solidarity. Political Studies, 52 (1), pp. 162-178. ISSN 0032-3217

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Abstract

'Solidarity' conjures up positive images of the strength of togetherness and community, but in practice it is experienced by groups when confronted by a real or perceived threat from other groups. The ideal of a universal human solidarity appears tenuous and flimsy. However, Richard Rorty and Axel Honneth have attempted, in different ways, to bring this ideal under philosophical consideration. Their treatment of human solidarity is flawed by their a priori rejection of the normative idea of a common human nature. Such an idea, termed 'radical humanism', is reconstructed from the work of Erich Fromm, and one of its chief implications – the rejection of liberal nationalism – is proposed as part of a radical challenge to contemporary social and political theory.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Publication Title: Political Studies
Creators: Wilde, L.
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Place of Publication: Oxford
Date: 2004
Volume: 52
Number: 1
ISSN: 0032-3217
Identifiers:
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10.1111/j.1467-9248.2004.00470.xDOI
Rights: © 2010 Political Studies Association and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:39
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:35
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16237

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