The struggle for recognition and the return of primary intersubjectivity
I argue that Axel Honneth (2012), reappropriated Colwyn Trevarthen's distinction between primary and secondary intersubjectivity,into his critical social theory. How the concept of primary intersubjectivity gets re-incorporated, or indeed, re-cognized in Honneth's conception of recognition, however, is a complex issue that Iexplore in this essay. It is linked to questions not only about child development, but also about whether one should understand recognition in terms of a summons (Aufforderung), following Fichte, or in terms of a struggle, as Honneth, following Hegel, suggests, or in terms of a gift, as Ricoeur, following Hénaff suggests.
Fóti Véronique, Kontos Pavlos (2017) Phenomenology and the primacy of the political: Essays in honor of Jacques Taminiaux. Dordrecht, Springer.
Gallagher Shaun (2017) „The struggle for recognition and the return of primary intersubjectivity“, In: V. Fóti & P. Kontos (eds.), Phenomenology and the primacy of the political, Dordrecht, Springer, 3–14.