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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-L097-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Solidarity exists among a group of people when they are committed to abiding by the outcome of some process of collective decision-making, or to promoting the wellbeing of other members of the group, perhaps at significant cost to themselves. Many regard solidarity as an important political ideal on the grounds that it is related to community and fraternity, and conducive to social cohesion and stability. Some individualists, however, believe that it is incompatible with autonomy on the grounds that full autonomy requires one always to take the final decision oneself about what one should do.

Citing this article:
Mason, Andrew. Solidarity, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-L097-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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