Recognition and Social Ontology


This unique collection focuses on the unexamined connections between two contemporary, intensively debated lines of inquiry: Hegel-inspired theories of recognition (Anerkennung) and analytical social ontology. These lines address the roots of human sociality from different conceptual perspectives and have complementary strengths, variously stressing the social constitution of persons in interpersonal relations and the emergence of social and institutional reality through collective intentionality. In this book leading theorists and younger scholars offer original analyses of the connections and suggest new ways in which theories of recognition and current approaches in analytical social ontology can enrich one another.
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Biographical Note

Heikki Ikäheimo is Research Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney. He has published widely on Hegel, recognition and personhood. Arto Laitinen is University Lecturer at University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His publications include Strong Evaluation without Moral Sources (2008), Dimensions of Personhood (2007, edited with Heikki Ikäheimo), Hegel on Action (2010, edited with Constantine Sandis) and a number of articles on mutual recognition.

Table of contents

1. Heikki Ikäheimo & Arto Laitinen Recognition and Social Ontology Recognition and the Social Ontology of Personhood 2. Robert B. Brandom The Structure of Desire and Recognition: Self-Consciousness and Self-Constitution 3. Robert B. Pippin On Hegel’s Claim that Self-Consciousness is “Desire Itself” (“ Begierde überhaupt”) Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer Intuition, Understanding, and the Human Form of Life Hegel, Marx, and Beyond: Recognition, Spirit and Species Being 5. Ludwig Siep Mutual Recognition: Hegel and Beyond 6. Heikki Ikäheimo Holism and Normative Essentialism in Hegel’s Social Ontology 7. Paul Redding The Relevance of Hegel’s “Absolute Spirit” to Social Normativity 8. Michael Quante Recognition as the Social Grammar of Species Being in Marx Groups, Institutions and Recognition 9. Margaret Gilbert Mutual Recognition and Some Related Phenomena 10. Italo Testa Social Space and the Ontology of Recognition 11. Arto Laitinen Recognition, Acknowledgement, and Acceptance 12. Titus Stahl Institutional Power, Collective Acceptance, and Recognition 13. Vincent Descombes The Problem of Collective Identity: The Instituting We and the Instituted We Notes


All those interested in the social ontology of personhood, the constitution of social and institutional reality and contemporary philosophy of recognition, as well as Hegel-scholars.