Recognition and Global Justice

  • Volker M. HeinsEmail author
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Without addressing global justice explicitly, theories of recognition contribute to the debate on this important issue. Focusing mostly on the works of Axel Honneth, this article sets out to show how the assumption of a universal need for recognition is reconciled with the insistence on the relevance of bounded communities. The article then examines the role of human rights as elements of global justice, before highlighting the main differences between recognition theory and other theories of global justice. In conclusion, recognition theory is interpreted as a step towards a situationist global ethics.


Axel Honneth Global justice Iris Marion Young Situationist ethics Theories of justice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (KWI)Universität Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

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