Humanity and Social Responsibility, Solidarity, and Social Rights

Johanna Ahola-Launonen*

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This article discusses the suggestion of having the notion of solidarity as the foundational value for welfare scheme reforms. Solidarity is an emerging concept in bioethical deliberations emphasizing the need for value-oriented discussion in revising healthcare structures, and the notion has been contrasted with liberal justice and rights. I suggest that this contrast is unnecessary, flawed, and potentially counterproductive. As necessary as the sense of solidarity is in a society, it is an insufficient concept to secure the goals related to social responsibility. The discussion on solidarity is also based on a questionable sense of nostalgia. Furthermore, solidarity and liberal justice share essential objectives concerning welfare schemes; therefore, the question arises whether the proper comparison should in the first place be within justice and solidarity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-185
Number of pages10
JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • solidarity
  • justice
  • communitarianism
  • liberalism
  • social responsibility
  • social rights
  • welfare reforms
  • bioethics


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