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Social Space And The Ontology Of Recognition

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This chapter distinguishes between a) recognition of persons, b) normative acknowledgement and c) institution-creating acceptance. It then focuses on how such Mutual Recognition (MR) between individuals relates to a more full-fledged group phenomenon of group agency and addresses the questions whether MR is necessary, sufficient, desirable and paradigmatic concerning it. The chapter shows that recognition of persons is not as such sufficient for creation of group agents, and that acknowledgement of reasons differs from acceptance of institution. Nonetheless, there is a healthy core to the idea that recognition of persons and acknowledgement of reasons are central in the constitution of social reality of groups and institutions: mutual recognition between persons is desirable, paradigmatic and necessary for group agency; and the core sense of accepting institutions as existing and valid involves acknowledging a range of institutionally created reasons as valid.

Keywords:acceptance; acknowledgement; mutual recognition (MR)



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