Fraternity and Politics: Choosing One's Brothers
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.
14 pages matching rhetoric in this book
Results 1-3 of 14
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Fraternity in America
Fraternity and SDS
Fraternity and the SansCulottes
3 other sections not shown
aesthetic education alienation Allan Bloom American appears aristocratic Aron Babbit become bourgeois brothers called Carey McWilliams citizens classical communitarian consciousness course created Critique of Dialectical death democratic Dialectic of Violence Dialectical Reason Elective affinity enemy Enlightenment example fact fascism fear freedom French Revolution friendship fundamental fused group Hobbes human hypocrisy Ibid ideal identity impotence individual Jacobins Jean-Paul Sartre Lebois Leo Strauss liberal live longing for fraternity Manichaean manipulation Marx Marxist McWilliams means merely metaphor of fraternity moderates moral natural nity Nothingness oath Ode to Joy one's participatory democracy pledge political Port Huron Statement possible practico-inert precisely pursuit of fraternity radical relations revolutionary rhetoric romantic Rousseau sans-culottes Sansculotten von Paris Sartre's scarcity Schiller SDS's seems seriousness Soboul social society tactical taste Terror thought tion Tocqueville Tocqueville's transcendent true turn ultimately unity University Crisis Reader unmasking utopian Walter Markov York