The structure of desire and recognition: Self-consciousness and self-constitution

Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (1):127-150 (2007)
It is argued that at the center of Hegel’s phenomenology of consciousness is the notion that experience is shaped by identification and sacrifice. Experience is the process of self-constitution and self-transformation of a self-conscious being that risks its own being. The transition from desire to recognition is explicated as a transition from the tripartite structure of want and fulfillment of biological desire to a socially structured recognition that is achieved only in reciprocal recognition, or reflexive recognition. At the center of the Hegelian notion of selfhood is thus the realization that selves are the locus of accountatibility. To be a self, it is concluded, is to be the subject of normative statuses that refer to commitments; it means to be able to take a normative stand on things, to commit oneself and undertake responsibilities. Key Words: commitments • desire • experience • G.W.F.Hegel • identity • recognition • risk • sacrifice • self-consciousness • self-constitution.
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    Paolo Diego Bubbio (2012). Sacrifice In Hegel'sPhenomenology Of Spirit. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (4):1-19.
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