Second Nature and Recognition: Hegel and the Social Space

Critical Horizons 10 (3):341-370 (2009)

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Italo Testa
University of Parma
Abstract
In this article I intend to show the strict relation between the notions of “second nature” and “recognition”. To do so I begin with a problem (circularity) proper to the theory of Hegelian and post- Hegelian Anerkennung. The solution strategy I propose is signifi cant also in terms of bringing into focus the problems connected with a notion of “space of reasons” that stems from the Hegelian concept of “Spirit”. I thus broach the notion of “second nature” as a bridgeconcept that can play a key role both for a renewal of the theory of Anerkennung and for a rethinking of the “space of reasons” within the debate between Robert Brandom and John McDowell. Against this background I illustrate the novelties introduced by the dialectical conception of the relation between fi rst and second nature developed by Hegel and the contribution this idea can make to a revisited theory of recognition as a phenomenon articulated on two levels. I then return to the question of the space of reasons to show the contribution the renewed conception of recognition as second nature makes to the definition of its intrinsic sociality as something that is not in principle opposed to a sense of naturalness.
Keywords Second Nature  Recognition  Hegel  John McDowell  Robert Brandom  Terry Pinkard  Robert Pippin  Wilfrid Sellars  Space of reasons  Spirit
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DOI 10.1558/crit.v10i3.341
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