An Outline of a Phenomenology of Solidarity: Beyond the Bridge Problem

  • Witold Płotka
Keywords: intersubjectivity, solidarization, joint actions, constitution of groups, Ingarden, Tischner, Husserl


The aim of the article is to present main elements, problems and preliminary solutions connected to a phenomenology of solidarity. The article is divided into three parts. In the first part, the author defines the bridge problem as an attempt to bind subjective and intersubjective levels of constitution, and he shows that neither Ingarden nor Tischner can solve the problem. In the second part, the author presents the act of solidarization as a complex act which binds cognitive, volitional and affective dimensions. Finally, the author sketches an alternative approach to a phenomenology of solidarity that leads beyond the bridge problem, namely, Husserl’s theory of constitution of groups in joint action.
Preliminary Solutions in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics