Recognition, Attachment, and the Social Bases of Self-Worth

Southern Journal of Philosophy 47 (3):263-283 (2009)
Abstract
Recognition theorists have claimed that a culturally egalitarian societal environment is a crucial social basis of a sense of self-worth. In doing so they have often drawn on noncogntivist social-psychological theorizing. This paper argues that this theorizing does not support the recognition theorist's position. It is argued that attachment theory, together with recent empirical evidence, support a more limited vision of self-worth's social bases according to which associational ties, basic rights and liberties, and economic and educational opportunity are what really matter.
Keywords recognition  self-worth  political philosophy  self-respect  self-esteem  emotions
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