What Are The Sources Of Solidarity Do Universalist Motives Have An Important Place Among Them And How Are They Related To Arguments About Human Nature And About Truth In This New Book, Norman Geras Engages With The Work Of Richard Rorty To Explore The Paradoxes Of A Liberalism Which Rejects Any Determinate View Of Human Nature He Begins By Examining Rorty S Thesis Concerning Rescuer Behavior During The Holocaust Measuring It Against Existing Research On The Subject And The Testimony Of Rescuers Themselves, Geras Questions Rorty S Use Of Their Moral Example As A Challenge To Universalist Assumptions He Then Considers Some Of The Problems In Rorty S Anti Essentialism His Shifting Usages Of Human Nature The Paradoxical Plea For Extensive Forms Of Solidarity On The Basis Of Parochial Communitarian Premises The Relationship Of Pragmatist Notions Of Truth To Issues Of Justice And The Project Of A Democratic, Would Be Humanist Utopia Grounded Only On Contingencies Solidarity In The Conversation Of Humankind Is An Imagined Dialogue With Rorty Influential, Eloquent And Unorthodox Champion Of A Human Radical Liberalism.
Norman Geras is Professor Emeritus of Government at the University of Manchester In a long academic career, he has contributed substantially to the analysis of the works of Karl Marx, particularly in his book Marx and Human Nature and the article The Controversy About Marx and Justice, which remains a standard work on the issue.
- 160 pages
- Solidarity in the Conversation of Humankind: The Ungroundable Liberalism of Richard Rorty
- Norman Geras
- 16 November 2018 Norman Geras