“Solidarity and the Crisis of Trust: Avineri, Gray, Krastev, Lash, Manent, Sloterdijk, Staniszkis, Vattimo” – Jacek KOTTAN (ed.)

Solidarity has turned out to be a crucial concept for understanding political, moral, and human reality – indeed, crucial for understanding today’s world at large. Although I intend neither to summarize nor conclude the thoughts of the many marvelous thinkers present in this volume, I do wish to formulate several remarks which either directly or indirectly arise from those thoughts. Let me stress that it is worth noting the radical deficit of social solidarity (or “brotherhood”, as one of the authors prefers) that appeared in the modern era (that is, following the French Revolution). It is also worth noting not so much how the idea of solidarity takes shape, but how its practice does.

KOTTAN, Jacek, Solidarity and the Crisis of Trust. Gdańsk: European Solidarity Centre, 2016.


  1. Introductory Remarks
    Marcin Król
  2. Democracy without Solidarity?
    Shlomo Avineri
  3. Confidence, Faith, Trust, or the Lack Thereof, in Contemporary Europe
    Pierre Manent
  4. Solidarity, Universalism and the Interreligious Dialogue
    Gianni Vattimo
  5. The Crisis: Solidarity, Elites, Memory, Europe
    Ivan Krastev
  6. Twenty-First Century Conflicts: In the Wake of the Radiant Future
    John Gray
  7. The Domestication of Human Beings and the Expansion of Solidarities
    Peter Sloterdijk
  8. The Epistemologies of Order: An Inquiry into Genesis, Clashes and Collapse
    Jadwiga Staniszkis
  9. Morality and Solidarity: China’s Relational Economy
    Scott Lash
  10. Afterword: What Solidarity of the Future?
    JaceK Kołtan