Recognition: personal and political

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Recognition plays a central role in international affairs and in moral and political theory. Hegel noted the connections between these two contexts, and this article explores Hegel's approach with reference to the work of two political philosophers (Honneth and Rawls) and debates in international law. The conclusion is that while recognition has a constitutive role in international affairs, it has a different role in moral and political theory: morality is the evaluative recognition of the significance of individual autonomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-328
Number of pages18
JournalPolitics philosophy & economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009


  • recognition
  • constitutive
  • declaratory
  • Hegel
  • Honneth
  • Rawls

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