Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp 699–711 | Cite as

Three Marxian Approaches to Recognition

  • Emmanuel RenaultEmail author


If it seems fully legitimate to introduce Marx in the contemporary discussion about recognition, it is more disputable to attribute to Marx an unified conception of recognition. There is no doubt that Marx hasn’t provided any systematic account of recognition, but he has tackled the issue of recognition from various points of view. Could these various points of view be unified in a general conception of recognition? This article claims that this is not the case since three accounts of recognition should be distinguished that are hardly compatible one with the other: one Feuerbachian account of recognition of the species being in the other, one account of recognition related to the dynamics of disrespect as social experience, and one account of recognition through social roles.


Hegel Feuerbach Marx Recognition Disrespect Social roles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ENS de Lyon, UMR 5037Lyon Cedex 07France

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