Reflections on Recognition: A Matter of Self-realization or a Matter of Justice?

JVF Conference Papers

Recognition involves both our relationship with ourselves and our relationship to others. It evokes both the notion of respect and a basic quest for understanding which should be at the forefront of our relations with others. In recognizing “the other” we are acknowledging the other and yet not claiming absolute knowledge of the other. As Richard Rorty argues, in recognizing others, we see human beings as generators of new descriptions, not as beings one hopes to be able to describe accurately.

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