Reconstructing the Normative Foundations of Socialism

  • Jeff Noonan University of Windsor


In this paper I argue that underlying the different historical permutations of socialism is the normative idea of the life-ground of value.  I attempt to reconstruct the normative basis of socialism on the basis of this life-ground.  The aim is to make explicit the generalizable value of socialism as in everyone's human life-interests.  In the context of a growing crisis of life-conditions across the globe, the hope is to revive political interest in a broad based socialist alternative to an increasingly life-blind global market system. 

Author Biography

Jeff Noonan, University of Windsor
Jeff Noonan is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Windsor. He is the author of Critical Humanism and the Politics of Difference (2003) and Democratic Society and Human Needs (2006). He is also co-editor of the journal Studies in Social Justice and is active on campus and in the community in various struggles for social peace and alternative social development.