Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 445–455 | Cite as

Private Solidarity



It’s natural to think of acts of solidarity as being public acts that aim at good outcomes, particularly at social change. I argue that not all acts of solidarity fit this mold - acts of what I call ‘private solidarity’ are not public and do not aim at producing social change. After describing paradigmatic cases of private solidarity, I defend an account of why such acts are themselves morally virtuous and what role they can have in moral development.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.University at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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