Axel Honneth

The Vicissitudes of Recognition. The socio-philosophical Legacy of Jean- Jacques Rousseau

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Keywords: Rousseau, Adam Smith, Kant, self-love, struggle for recognition, mutual respect

According to Ernst Cassirer the unitary aspect of Rousseau's thought could be found in the idea of the subject's self-determination. More recent studies - analyzing in a more innovative fashion Rousseau's theory of self-love ("amour propre") - have stressed the constitutive dependence of the subjects on the esteem and recognition of their fellow-beings. This paper follows this second type of interpretation, but also stresses its limits. For Rousseau the Stoic ideal of personal interdependence coexists with the conception of intersubjective dependence on others.

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