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2. Hegel’s Concept of Recognition—What Is It?

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This chapter analyzes the following question: Is it justified to talk of a "new paradigm" centred around the idea of recognition, in social and political philosophy, or perhaps even more broadly? It provides some illumination on this question by analyzing one important text by Hegel in which whatever it is that Hegel means by 'recognition' (Anerkennung) plays a central role. It shows that in using the term 'recognition' in this text Hegel had in mind several issues which, though they are related, are by no means reducible to just one thing. The chapter discusses the different issues at stake, with the hope that this will turn out useful both for figuring out what really is going on in Hegel's text and for trying to speak in a more consciously differentiated manner about the plurality of phenomena that may be at issue when one talks about 'recognition' today.

Keywords: Anerkennung; concept of recognition; Hegel; political philosophy



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