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MENDONCA, Ricardo Fabrino. The intersubjective dimension of self-realization: in defense of acknowledgement theory. Rev. bras. Ci. Soc. [online]. 2009, vol.24, n.70, pp.143-154. ISSN 1806-9053.

This paper seeks to discuss the theory of recognition and to defend, as Taylor and Honneth do, a perspective steered by the notion of self-realization. Dealing with the propositions of Fraser and Markell, it aims at challenging three major criticisms directed to the so-called identity model of recognition: 1) the critique that it essentializes identities; 2) the critique that it lacks mechanisms for distinguishing warranted claims from unjustifiable demands; and 3) the critique that struggles for recognition would only seek a valorization of social groups. These criticisms are based on a distinct notion of recognition, which reduces it to a cultural struggle for the valorization of identities. The paper argues that an attention to the intersubjective grounds of Taylor's and Honneth's propositions helps to undermine these criticisms.

Keywords : Recognition; Intersubjectivity; Self-realization; Honneth; Social Struggles.

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