This is part two of our series on the discussion of the book “Solidarity – The Future of a Great Idea”, written by the well-known German Sociologist Heinz Bude who currently teaches as a Professor of Macrosociology at the University of Kassel. In the last episode, we’ve thoroughly talked about the free-rider problem and solidarity as the great social bond in a society which provides a sense of community. And in today’s episode, we will conclude our discussion with a journey through the functions of the welfare state, the difference between solidarity and empathy, and we will conclude with an outlook to the question of what the book tells us about the current situation and our common future.
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Reference: Bude, Heinz (2019). Solidarität: Die Zukunft einer großen Idee. München: Carl Hanser.