Sympathetic Solidarity: Rethinking Solidarity as a Political Emotion with Adam Smith

Bastian Ronge

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In this paper I refer to Adam Smith’s theory of sympathy as stated in his “Theory of Moral Sentiments” (1759) in order to develop a three-dimensional account of solidarity as a political emotion. This account allows for a reconsid-eration of key features of solidarity, as discussed in the (German) scholarship on solidarity, within a theoretical framework that takes the emotional founda-tions of solidarity seriously. Moreover, it makes us aware also of two particular problems of solidarity as a political emotion: The problem of colonizing emo-tions, which is often implied in the struggle for solidarity, and the problem of exploiting the emotion of solidarity for particular political reasons.

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Adam Smith, solidarity, sympathy, political emotions, Theory of Moral Sen-timents

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