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Mutual Recognition: Hegel And Beyond

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This chapter focuses on some of the central ingredients in what Hegel's own social ontology, as it is presented in his mature work, is actually made of. It draws attention to a lacuna in contemporary Anglophone social ontology, where Hegel's work holds promise for remedy: the almost complete lack of theorising about the social constitution of human persons and its intertwinement with the constitution of the rest of the social and institutional world. Hegel's holism is exactly his attempt to grasp the constitution of persons and the constitution of the rest of the social and institutional world as an interconnected whole. The chapter then concentrates on the most concrete one of these principles—interpersonal recognition—by discussing what it does according to Hegel, what it is not, and what exactly it is.

Keywords:Hegel; holism; normative essentialism; social ontology



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