Personhood and Recognition

  • Heikki IkäheimoEmail author
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It is widely thought that recognition is somehow important or even essential for human persons. This general thought comes however in many variations which are what this chapter aims to systematize. Comprehending the several variations and what is rational in them requires, firstly, systematizing the many concepts of personhood present in the various relevant discourses, secondly systematizing the many concepts of recognition present in them, and thirdly grasping the many possible and actual ways in which recognition according to the different concepts of recognition is important or essential for persons according to the different concepts of personhood. Finally, the chapter discusses briefly Fichte’s and Hegel’s theorizing on the connections of personhood and recognition.


Legal personhood Moral personhood Intersubjective personhood Psychological personhood Fichte Hegel 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New South WalesSydneyAustralien

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