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A Moral Theory of Solidarity

Avery Kolers


Accounts of solidarity typically defend it in teleological or loyalty terms, justifying it by invoking its goal of promoting justice or its expression of support for a shared community. Such solidarity seems to be a moral option rather than an obligation. In contrast, A Moral Theory of Solidarity develops a deontological theory grounded in equity. With extended reflection on the Spanish conquest of the Americas and the US Civil Rights movement, Kolers distinguishes solidarity—which is action on others’ terms—from mere alliances and coalitions. Solidarity involves a disposition to defer to othe ... More

Keywords: solidarity, equity, justice, civil rights, deontology, social movements, deference, conscience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198769781
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198769781.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Avery Kolers, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Louisville