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Book chapter

‘Wir-Gefühl’ oder ‘Wir-Absicht’? Zur Begründung einer Moral der Solidarität

The paper analyses Richard Rorty's views on solidarity and shows that the moral particularism that Rorty derives from the idea of solidarity is unfounded. Using the conceptual tools of social ontology the paper demonstrates that a theory of solidary morals can cover Rorty's main metaethical concerns, i. e. his commitment to liberalism and denial of cognitivism, without taking a stance in the controversy between universalists and particularists. The only relevant question that remains is whether or not a given social group, nation, or culture understands itself as universalist. Whether or not this is conceivable cannot be decided on philosophical grounds.

In book

‘Wir-Gefühl’ oder ‘Wir-Absicht’? Zur Begründung einer Moral der Solidarität
Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2013.