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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262025829 | 336 pp. | 6 x 9 in | June 2005
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From Civic Friendship to a Global Legal Community
Translated by Jeffrey Flynn

About the Author

Hauke Brunkhorst is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Institute of Sociology at the University of Flensburg, Germany. He is the author of books on Theodor Adorno, Hannah Arendt, and Herbert Marcuse.


“Brunkhorst's impressive sweep through the history of the modern concept of solidarity makes the connections we need to understand our twenty-first century, globalized society. With remarkable breadth of scholarship and striking insights into our present situation, he lays bare the ancient roots of this ideal, shows it to be a constitutive factor in modern democracy, and provides us with an indispensable key to our contemporary conflicts.”
Charles Taylor
“Brunkhorst's stirring narrative not only tells a compelling story about the Greek and Judeo-Christian roots of modern civic solidarity, as it sprang from the French and American Revolutions. It also develops a perspective from which the even more abstract solidarity among citizens of a future, politically constituted, gobal society loses its merely utopian character and becomes a practicable ideal.”
Jurgen Habermas
Solidarity is a much used and abused concept. In his comprehensive overview, Hauke Brunkhorst provides us with the first major treatment of its history and theory. This is a must-read for all interested in moral, political, social, and legal issues.”
Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy