Political Friendship and Degrowth
An Ethical Grounding of an Economy of Human Flourishing
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Developing a contemporary account of political friendship and synthesizing it with the radical movement of degrowth this book provides the ethical grounding and the rationale of an alternative economy which serves human flourishing.
The Aristotelian political friendship embodies active concern for the others’ wellbeing that contemporary societies lack; the crucial problems of ecological destruction and global poverty illustrate this friendship deficit. Arguing for the need for re-embracing a friendly civic ethos and re-aligning the economy with moral objectives, the author updates the Aristotelian idea and identifies it with democratic-autonomous political-economic praxis that ensures citizens’ self-actualization. Degrowth movement questioning economic growth and productivism, and privileging a simpler life with less material goods, favours political friendship precisely because it nourishes its unconscious substratum namely human instinctual sociality. The call for genuine democratic political praxis that political friendship implies could enable degrowth movement to retain its radical character and accomplish the shift to an economy which serves life.
The book is worthwhile studying by students and researchers across social sciences and especially by scholars in the fields of sociology, philosophy and politics, but also a broader readership sensitive to the issues of social and environmental sustainability will find this work extremely interesting.
Table of Contents
PART I: The Aristotelian Tradition of the Political Friendship
1. The Aristotelian Political Friendship
2. The Caring Heart of Political Friendship
3. Between Political Friendship and Political Care
PART II: Modern Economic Accounts of Political Friendship
4. Marx’s ‘Productive’ Friendship
5. The Commercial Friendship
PART III: Founding Human Flourishing
6. Reconstructing Political Friendship
7. Degrowth and Political Friendship: Enabling Human Flourishing
Areti Giannopoulou is a Visiting Research Fellow at Keele University and is working on her postdoctoral research project. She studied Philosophy, Pedagogy and Psychology at the University of Athens where she also received her MA in Intercultural Education. Having obtained a scholarship from the Academy of Athens, she studied Philosophy at the University of Sussex where she successfully completed her MA and her PhD (2019) in Philosophy. She worked as an associate tutor in the department of History at Sussex University in 2020. Her research interests include contemporary Social and Political Philosophy, Sociology and Degrowth movement.