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African, American and European Trajectories of ModernityPast Oppression, Future Justice?$
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Peter Wagner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474400404

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400404.001.0001

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The Limits of Recognition: History, Otherness and Autonomy

The Limits of Recognition: History, Otherness and Autonomy

(p.42) 2 The Limits of Recognition: History, Otherness and Autonomy
African, American and European Trajectories of Modernity

Àngela Lorena Fuster Peiró

Gerard Rosich

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the modern constitutive ambiguity of the European philosophy of history in relation to the experience and conceptualisation of the other, with particular emphasis on the current theorising of otherness provided by theories of recognition. After discussing the forces present in the modern constitution of the discipline, where it is possible to observe the central tension of modernity itself, in direct relation to the discovery of a new form of the other, the chapter considers a perceived turning point for the imaginary of history, this being a decisive moment allowed by the conceptualisation of the duality ‘master/slave’. It then explores the modern genealogy of the current theories of recognition with the aim of highlighting the bias that continues to frame the understanding of the dynamics between self and other. It also analyses Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's concept of recognition and his views on the process of history.

Keywords:   Europe, otherness, recognition, modernity, self, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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