Morten Ebbe Juul Nielsen
Pages 215-234
DOI: 10.5840/cultura20129131


Do we have a “duty to recognize culture”? The aim of this paper is to examine the following question: assuming we have reasons to respect or value recognition per se, do we on that background also have reasons to recognize culture? More specifically, does “culture” furnish a particular morally relevant fact with pro tanto force, providing the basis for a duty to recognize culture? The paper first examines the concept of recognition and then proceeds to analyze “the recognition thesis”, a general argument for why or how culture can be a salient part of what should be recognized. On that basis, the more specific theories of recognition proposed by Axel Honneth and Charles Taylor are examined, and it is argued that neither of these theories support a general duty to recognize culture.