Hegel on Recognition: Moral Implications of ‘Lordship and Bondage’ Dialectic

Hegel Jahrbuch:119-124 (2008)

Piotr Makowski
University of Warsaw
An attempt at moral interpretation of Hegelian ‘struggle for recognition’. The Author shows how the Hegelian figures of ‘Lord’ and ‘Bondsman’ (from The Phenomenology of Spirit) can be used to explain social role and importance of the idea of tolerance in the context of (intolerant) group moralities and the universal morality. The text is built of three parts: (1) the author sketches the connection of the traditional idea of tolerance and sociological understanding of morality on the basis of Hegel’s understanding of recognition (Anerkennung). In the second step (2), he gives an outline of Hegelian two accounts of mutual recognition, finally (3) the author shows the moral dimension of recognition, as referred to the idea of tolerance and universalistic morality.
Keywords Human Rights  Hegel  Politics of Recognition  Hegelian Recognition  The Dialectic of Master and Slave  International Human Rights Law  Philosophy  Moral Philosophy  Moral equality  Justice
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