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Recognition Of Individuals And Cultures

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The rights of human beings as individuals and the peaceful, respectful and enriching co-existence of different cultures belong to the most important goods of the present time. It is the duty of politics to save and protect them, and the duty of philosophy to justify them in theory. This chapter begins with a discussion of the concept of mutual recognition, which was developed during the Philosophy of the so-called German Idealism and which is taken up today by many social-philosophers all over the world. It then summarizes the theory which has been developed by Fichte and especially Hegel. Next the chapter outlines a derivation of levels of recognition also with less demanding prerequisites in an anthropological culturally-historic framework. Finally a reflection follows which forms of recognition are necessarily entitled to the individual and which of them can be limited for the benefit of the diversity and the flourishing of groups.

Keywords: cultures; Fichte; Hegel; individuals; mutual recognition



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