Solidarity: at the heart of ethicsAngus Dawson (The University Of Sydney)
E561, Menzies Buiding
There has been much recent interest in exploring the meaning of solidarity and its role in discussions of issues in bioethics. In this paper, I outline some of this recent work with a particular focus on the account outlined and defended by Prainsack & Buyx. They provide a model of solidarity that ‘builds up’ from the individual. I argue that this approach is fundamentally flawed. I focus on a series of questions about the nature of solidarity (is it a value, principle etc?), what is it that makes it valuable, and how does it relates to other ethical considerations (particularly justice)? I defend a particular account of solidarity that sees it as a thick moral concept, playing an essential, explanatory and justificatory role in our moral thinking.
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