Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL*6600) | College of Arts

Social and Political Philosophy (PHIL*6600)

Code and section: PHIL*6600*01

Term: Fall 2018

Instructor: Monique Deveaux


Theme: Solidarity

This seminar will explore the topic of solidarity in its ethical and political dimensions. Long associated with socialism, workers’ movements, and liberation struggles, solidarity has more recently been taken up within global justice debates. Here the main questions are: How is solidarity related to distributive justice? Is solidarity primarily a local phenomenon, requiring concrete bonds of sociality? Is ‘global solidarity’ feasible, and what ethics might underpin it? We will read a variety of contemporary thinkers writing on solidarity, with a particular focus on those who address the challenges of solidarity across difference and borders. Readings may include selections from the following books: Carol Gould, Interactive Democracy: The Social Roots of Global Democracy (2016); Avery Kolers, A Moral Theory of Solidarity (2016); Tommie Shelby, We Who Are Dark: The Philosophical Foundations of Black Solidarity (2005); Sally Scholz, Political Solidarity (2012); and Lawrence Wilde, Global Solidarity (2013). In addition, we will read essays on solidarity by Jürgen Habermas, Margaret Kohn, Andrea Sangiovanni, and others.

Course Outline

The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.