The Struggle for Recognition

  • Honneth argues that the self develops through experiencing recognition from others.
  • Heavily influenced by Hegel – the self is intersubjective.
  • calls this ‘Mutual self-realization’. This is a social process that we all experience. Not strictly individual.
  • Recognition is a cultural phenomenon, but it is not ‘merely cultural’. To deny the self through a denial of recognition is a matter of civil rights.
  • Therefore the symbolic denial of rights/self is an injustice on the same level as the loss of legal or political rights.
  • Freedom’s Right (2014). A theory of rights based in the analysis of social life, not in universality, natural justice, subjective or objective epistemologies or ontologies.


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