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Power and Recognition: The Hobbesian Model

Barbara Carnevali - 15 giugno 2009 [...] I) an introduction in which I specify what I mean by ‘recognition,’ which will form the groundwork for my consideration of Hobbes; II) an attempt at a definition as well as a theoretical/historical analysis of the ground-breaking “Hobbesian model,” a thematic and conceptual method through which Hobbes reformulated the question of recognition in modern thought; III) a brief excursus on the afterlife of this model, that is, the persistence of its anthropological presuppositions and its problematic dimensions within a particular tradition of social thought (I call this tradition ‘struggle for distinction’) that includes authors like Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Norbert Elias, and Pierre Bourdieu [...]

The subject of this paper is the position of Hobbes within the history of the philosophical problem of recognition. My discussion is divided into three parts: I) an introduction in which I specify what I mean by ‘recognition,’ which will form the groundwork for my consideration of Hobbes; II) an attempt at a definition as well as a theoretical/historical analysis of the ground-breaking “Hobbesian model,” a thematic and conceptual method through which Hobbes reformulated the question of recognition in modern thought; III) a brief excursus on the afterlife of this model, that is, the persistence of its anthropological presuppositions and its problematic dimensions within a particular tradition of social thought (I call this tradition ‘struggle for distinction’) that includes authors like Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Norbert Elias, and Pierre Bourdieu. I end with a balanced appraisal that elucidates both the advantages and the limits of Hobbes’s approach from a strictly philosophical perspective [...]


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Testo presentato in occasione del Workshop:

Recognition: Theoretical Perspectives and Empirical Research

EUI (European University Institute), Fiesole (Florence), May 27-28, 2005

(with A. Honneth, A. Pizzorno, P. Wagner, N. Marcucci. B. Carnevali).


Nella versione italiana (Potere e riconoscimento: il modello hobbesiano) è stato pubblicato in “Iride”, a. XVIII, n. 46, settembre-dicembre 2005




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