A Philosophy for Future Generations. The Structure and Dynamics of Transgenerationality
If societies, like institutions, are built to endure, then the bond that exists between generations must be considered. Constructing a framework to establish a philosophy of future generations, Tiziana Andina explores the factors that make it possible for a society to reproduce over time. Her model draws on the anthropologies offered by classical political philosophies such as Hobbes and Machiavelli and the philosophies of power as discussed by Nietzsche. She confronts the ethics and function of this fundamental relationship, examines the role of transgenerationality in the formation and endurance of Western democracies and recognizes an often overlooked problem: each new generation must form part of social and political arrangements designed for them by the generations that came before.
This book is mind blowing. It offers a brilliant analysis of various social, political and economic practices, which are, by their nature, transgenerational, in the light of our obligations to future generations. Inspired by anthropology and history, Tiziana Andina puts forward a most timely philosophical theory, which every citizen of the contemporary world must read.
Avner de Shalit, Max kampelman Professor of Democracy and Human Rights, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
In this wide-ranging book Tiziana Andina tackles an important topic that has been largely neglected by contemporary philosophers focusing on social groups and group action: how do societies endure over time and generations?
Margaret Gilbert, Melden Chair in Moral Philosophy and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, University of California, USA
Andina questions transgenerationality, starting from the studies that have been carried out on this concept by psychology and opening them up to a decidedly philosophical perspective whose ethical and political scope is evident. A philosophy for futures generations, and equally a hope for a new awareness.
Sara Guindani, philosopher and psychologist, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, France