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Radu Neculau

“Making One Out of Many: Misrecognition and the Identity of Social Groups”

Abstract: According to critical social theorists like Habermas and Honneth, the identity of individuals and social groups is constituted by normative attitudes of mutual recognition. This paper presentation challenges this view in two ways. Drawing on the work on collective intentionality of Gilbert and Tuomela, it argues that recognition (as Honneth understands it) is necessary but not sufficient for the formation of group identity. And, drawing on the social psychology of Reicher and others, it argues that the unity of consciousness that secures the identity of social groups is disclosed by the attitudes of misrecognition that individuals experience in riots, rebellions, and other kinds of spontaneous collective action.


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Date(s) - October 23, 2015
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

McMaster University, Kenneth Taylor Hall 109


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