Hegel on the Other: introducing the concept of recognition in Hegel’s Phenomenology

Tonner, P. (2009) Hegel on the Other: introducing the concept of recognition in Hegel’s Phenomenology. E-Logos, 16(1), pp. 1-14.

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This paper introduces the notion of Recognition in the section of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit entitled 'A. INDEPENDENCE AND DEPENDENCE OF SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS: LORDSHIP AND BONDAGE' by way of a commentary. Hegel's view is that in order for any self-consciousness to obtain it must be acknowledged as such by another self-consciousness. For Hegel, acknowledgement emerges as a necessary condition for self-consciousness. As such, Hegel's account of self-consciousness raises the problem of intersubjectivity, or the account of the relation between more than one self-consciousness and I suggest, without attempting to establish, some intuitive lines of defence of the Hegelian position. I suggest that the dialectic of lordship and bondage, or as it is commonly referred to, the Master-Slave dialectic, cannot be fully comprehended without an adequate understanding of Hegel's account of Recognition.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tonner, Dr Philip
Authors: Tonner, P.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith
Journal Name:E-Logos
Publisher:Vysoka Skola Ekonomicka v Praze
ISSN (Online):1211-0442
Published Online:05 March 2009

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