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The Strains of CommitmentThe Political Sources of Solidarity in Diverse Societies$
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Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198795452

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198795452.001.0001

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Against Fraternity

Against Fraternity

Democracy without Solidarity

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The Strains of Commitment

Jacob T. Levy

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a sceptical view of the search for a theory or source of bounded solidarity underpinning democratic theory and practice. Political coexistence rests on no deeper underlying commonality, whether cultural or civic, national or ideological. The myth that it does tends to undermine justice, calling forth attempts to suppress internal pluralism and dissent, and to sharpen external boundaries and barriers. There is no need to imbue political coexistence with deeper normative or psychological importance, or to look for hidden unity behind apparent political plurality. A proper understanding of solidarity underlying political membership shows that we can’t have it, shouldn’t want it, and don’t need it. Drawing on realist political theory, contestatory democratic theory, attention to political parties, and an adaptation of the political thought of Augustine, the chapter argues that our understanding of political life should recongize that fellow citizens are strangers merely facing common circumstances.

Keywords:   pluralism, political parties, contestatory democratic theory, Augustine, realist political theory

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