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DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-L081-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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The concept of recognition has played an important role in philosophy since ancient times, when the good life was thought to depend partly on being held in regard by others. Only Hegel, however, made recognition fundamental to his practical philosophy. He claimed that human self-consciousness depends on recognition, and that there are different levels of recognition: legal or moral recognition, and the forms of recognition constituted by love and the state. A similar tripartite distinction can be used to ground a plausible modern account of ethics.

Citing this article:
Honneth, Axel. Recognition, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-L081-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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