REAL SELF-RESPECT AND ITS SOCIAL BASES

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Abstract

Many theories of social justice maintain that concern for the social bases of self-respect grounds demanding requirements of political and economic equality, as self-respect is supposed to be dependent on continuous just recognition by others. This paper argues that such views miss an important feature of self-respect, which accounts for much of its value: self-respect is a capacity for self-orientation that is robust under adversity. This does not mean that there are no social bases of self-respect that such theories ought to incorporate. It means that they are different: they consist of the motivational and epistemic resources needed to develop and maintain such robustness.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-651
Number of pages24
JournalCanadian Journal of Philosophy
Volume49
Issue number5
Early online date30 Apr 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Self-respect
  • self-esteem
  • social justice
  • equality
  • Inequality
  • Rawls

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