Three types of self-respect

Res Publica 12 (1):59-76 (2006)
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According to John Rawls, self-respect is the most important of the primary goods and is essential for the construction of the just society. Self-respect, however, remains a concept which is inadequately theorised, being closely linked to other concepts such as dignity, shame, pride, autonomy and security. Most usually self-respect is considered to be just the self-reflection of the respect we receive from others. In this paper I argue that self-respect consists of both a self-evaluative and a social reflexive element. Using Darwall’s distinction between two types of respect as a building block, I argue that it is worth considering self-respect as having three dimensions. Broadly these are human recognition, status recognition and appraisal.



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Dignity.Aurel Kolnai - 1976 - Philosophy 51 (197):251 - 271.
How to distinguish self-respect from self-esteem.David Sachs - 1981 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 10 (4):346-360.

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