Freiburg / München: Karl Alber Verlag (2012)

Katharina Bauer
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
This book deals with theories of the gift, in particular in contemporary French philosophy. The gift can be regarded as a preliminary stage of complex economical procedures. But it can also be understood as a phenomenon that transgresses the structures of economy. In the act of exchanging gifts, the agents symbolize their interpersonal relationship and mutual recognition. It is pointed out that the praxis of the gift can be considered as an essential form of any socio-cultural interaction, as an essential concept of phenomenological thought, and as a model for the particular character of the exchange of knowledge, skills and philosophical wisdom in general.
Keywords gift  personal identity  mutual recognition
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