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Struggle For Recognition, Ethics Of Recognition, Loss Of Recognition

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The current theories of recognition, and particularly Axel Honneths, invoke, among other historical references, a thesis of Fichtes that states that summons and impetus are provided by one rational being to another rational being as a condition for the self-position of a finite rational being. This chapter shows the incompatibility of the two elements of Honneths politics of recognition and its failure to provide for a sustainable and desirable principle of distributive justice. It primarily makes reference to Honneth, but also makes mention of some other representatives of the politics of recognition, to whom Honneth paid regular attention. The chapter focuses on the following strong thesis of the theories of recognition: Self-understanding is possible only through recognition in a society. It considers Charles Taylors statement that there are societies whose members all really strive for its traditional organization to eternally survive exactly as it is to be wrong.

Keywords: Axel Honneth; Charles Taylor; politics of recognition



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