Freedom and Solidarity: Toward New Beginnings

October 31, 2020
Freedom and Solidarity: Toward New Beginnings

The prevailing Western paradigm is modernity: a model focused onindividual liberty, secularism, and the scientific control ofnature. This worldview emerged from the break with the medieval andclassical past and advanced a philosophy in which the solitary mindopposes the rest of the world. Although there is a simple appeal inthis binary structure, history has shown that it is neithersocially nor politically innocuous.In Freedom and Solidarity, noted political theorist andhumanist Fred Dallmayr seeks to bridge the gap between the self andthe outside world. Drawing on new scholarship and his work with theWorld Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations, a global,nongovernmental organization of distinguished thinkers, hechallenges dominant worldviews and heralds new possibilities forpolitical thought and practice. Dallmayr argues that while we neednot reject all the values of modernity, it is imperative that weresist the simplifications inherent in dualism and fundamentallyreassess the notions of freedom and solidarity.Engaging a breathtaking array of influential thinkers, includingFriedrich Nietzsche, Martin Heidegger, Henry David Thoreau, Gandhi,Albert Camus, John Dewey, and Dimitry Likhachev, Dallmayr exploresthe possibility of a transition from the modern paradigm — a modeof life presently in decay — toward a new beginning in whichfreedom and solidarity can be reconciled, making it possible forhumanity to flourish on a global scale.