A groundwork for a politics of remembrance: Between self-enclosure and recognition

Jeremy J Allen, Fordham University


My project pursues two tasks: first, it analyzes, compares, and evaluates the account of two concepts in the works of G. W. F. Hegel and Søren Kierkegaard: self- enclosure and recognition. Second, it spells out the implications of their work for the contemporary philosophy of recognition. The first five chapters focus upon the historical analysis of the concepts of self-enclosure and recognition. In the introductory chapter, I set forth the terms of the argument and consider hermeneutical issues in both Hegel and Kierkegaard studies. Chapter II examines the issue of self-enclosure in relation to the will in both thinkers' writings. Chapter III considers Hegelian mutual recognition and the metaphysics of love upon which such recognition is based. Chapter IV sets forth the analysis of moral self-enclosure in relation to Kantian Moralität and Kierkegaardian infinite resignation. Chapter V considers whether the neighbor-love set forth in Works of Love can serve as a solution to self-enclosure, and argues that a modified view of this ethic can serve this function. The last two chapters take this historical discussion and set it in relation to current developments in the philosophy of recognition, particularly that found in the work of Axel Honneth. Chapter VI is an examination of the phenomenon of disrespect in relation to Kierkegaard's discussion of the duty to love the dead. Chapter VII concludes with a discussion of `ethical dialectics', and considers concerns with the project and plans for future development.

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Allen, Jeremy J, "A groundwork for a politics of remembrance: Between self-enclosure and recognition" (2013). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI3611842.