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Res Publica

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 59–76 | Cite as

Three Types of Self-Respect

  • David MiddletonEmail author
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Abstract

According to John Rawls, self-respect is the most important of the primary goods and is essential for the construction of the just society. Self-respect, however, remains a concept which is inadequately theorised, being closely linked to other concepts such as dignity, shame, pride, autonomy and security. Most usually self-respect is considered to be just the self-reflection of the respect we receive from others. In this paper I argue that self-respect consists of both a self-evaluative and a social reflexive element. Using Darwall’s distinction between two types of respect as a building block, I argue that it is worth considering self-respect as having three dimensions. Broadly these are human recognition, status recognition and appraisal.

Keywords

Darwall dignity justice pride respect self-respect shame 

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© Springer 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Politics and International StudiesThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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