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Acknowledgement and Recognition
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[German Version]

I. Philosophy – II. Dogmatics and Ethics

I. Philosophy

The concept of “acknowledgment” (German: Anerkennung) has always played an essential role in practical philosophy. Thus, in ancient ethics the conviction prevailed that a good life could be led only by those persons whose behavior could find social esteem in the polis. The Scottish moral philosophers took their lead from the idea that public acknowledgment or disapproval represents the social mechanism by which the individual is…

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Honneth, Axel and Lange, Dietz, “Acknowledgement and Recognition”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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