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Fraternity and Politics

Fraternity and Politics

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Baumann examines the recurring efforts to establish fraternal relations in modern societies by political, and in particular, radical means. He proceeds by examining a series of related examples, beginning with a brief discussion of the metaphor for fraternity itself, and then he turns to a consideration of the historical development of the quest for fraternity.

He first examines the quest for fraternity among the Students for a Democratic Society in the 1960s. Baumann then turns to the sans-culottes before and during the period of the French Revolution. The third analysis is philosophical, rather than historical, and treats Jean-Paul Sartre's attempt to understand radically and thus justify the relation of fraternity to terror. His conclusion sums up the argument about the necessary self-contradiction and failure of the pursuit of political fraternity and points to the long-discarded concept of aesthetic education developed as an alternative to the political pursuit of fraternity by the poet and philospher Friedrich Schiller.

About the Author:

FRED E. BAUMANN is Professor of Political Science at Kenyon College. He has edited a number of books and published a translation of Leo Strauss's Philosophie und Gesetz.

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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780275962920
  • Publisher: Praeger Publishers
  • Publisher Imprint: Praeger Publishers
  • Edition: 1997
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 13 mm
  • Width: 152 mm
  • ISBN-10: 027596292X
  • Publisher Date: 30 Oct 1998
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Height: 229 mm
  • No of Pages: 160
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 408 gr

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