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Recognition: A Theory Of The Middle?

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This chapter discusses to what extent and in what sense a theory of recognition might also be aptly characterised as a theory of the middle. Such an argument presupposes that due recognition is opposed not only to overt disrespect, but also to forms of excess and deficiency. The chapter first discusses Axel Honneth's theoretical project as it has developed since the publication of The Struggle for Recognition. Then, the author of the chapter distinguishes between three levels of analysis, including an intermediate level at which the theme of recognition can and should be conceptualised as the quality of an unfolding interpersonal relationship. It is at this intermediate level of analysis that a theory of recognition takes the form of a theory of the middle. The chapter ends with a short summary and concluding remarks.

Keywords: Axel Honneth; The Struggle for Recognition; Theory of Recognition; Theory of the Middle



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