Recognition: memory and action

Honneth’s Struggle for Recognition this morning. For the purposes of sorting out the temporal aspects of the normative demand for recognition. The imperative of mutual recognition “provides the normative pressure that compels individuals to remove constraints” with respect to recognition relations (92). There is pressure because it draws upon a negative moment, in which recognition has been denied. In the case of a past injustice in which the victims of disrespect have died, how is the experience of disrespect to be remembered, which is to say ‘re-activated’ and in what manner or style appropriated? Both an epistemological and a normative question here: how can it be re-activated? And how should it be? I suspect some might try to separate these and say it must be remembered, but should not be ‘appropriated’. But is such a divorce possible? Rather one should try to untangle everything that goes under the title of ‘appropriation’. I can see a discussion here between recognition and what Derrida calls mourning.

cars go by
The view from my café window this morning.

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