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The Morality Of Recognition

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This chapter is dedicated to what Honneth has termed &t;the moral of recognition&t;, in other words, the implications of the ethics of recognition for moral theory. This entails the following problems: the precise characterisation of the nature of the norms involved in moral action; the question of moral judgement, that is to say, the type of deliberation, through which these norms are formulated and put into play by a plurality of subjects in real action; the moral psychology that needs to be coherently attached to moral theory; and the critical relation to competing theories of morality. The easiest access into Honneth's moral philosophy is to take it as a correction of Habermas. Most of Honneth's articles specifically dedicated to moral theory address a set of moral problems that arise when a moral principle antithetic to the universalist imperative of equal treatment emerges.

Keywords: Habermas; Honneth; moral theory; recognition



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