Saturday, October 22, 2011

New book on "Recognition and Social Ontology"

Recognition and Social Ontology

Ed. by Heikki Ikäheimo and Arto Laitinen

(Brill, 2011)

398 pages


This collection focuses on the unexamined connections between two contemporary, intensively debated lines of inquiry: Hegel-inspired theories of recognition 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.


1. Heikki Ikäheimo & Arto Laitinen: Recognition and Social Ontology
2. Robert B. Brandom: The Structure of Desire and Recognition [Word]
3. Robert B. Pippin: On Hegel’s Claim that Self-Consciousness is “Desire Itself” [Word]
4. Pirmin Stekeler-Weithofer: Intuition, Understanding, and the Human Form of Life
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
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 [Link]
13. Vincent Descombes: The Problem of Collective Identity

Heikki Ikäheimo is Research Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney. Arto Laitinen is University Lecturer at University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

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