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Recognition and intersubjectivity. Towards a foundation of democratic society

English title Recognition and intersubjectivity. Towards a foundation of democratic society
Applicant Meyer Lukas
Number 110962
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Institut für Philosophie Universität Bern
Institution of higher education University of Berne - BE
Main discipline Philosophy
Start/End 01.01.2006 - 31.12.2008
Approved amount 66'600.00
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Keywords (4)

recognition; intersubjectivity; philosophy of politics; theory of democracy

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
Georgia, like many other Eastern European countries making a difficult transition to a society based on democratic principles, is in need of a theoretical reflection which can serve as a guiding force for her ongoing transition to democracy.

Taking into account the lack of any tradition of philosophical reflection on society independent of ideological bias, the research on the topic of recognition and intersubjectivity fulfills two objectives at the same time.

First of all, it fills the theoretical gap felt by Georgian philosophers and social scientists in the field of political philosophy and social theory. Recognition as a founding principle of democratic societies as well as the theory of intersubjectivity, which serves as a foundation for the conception of recognition - and which is oriented not at the subject-object dichotomy, but at the interaction between subjects -, are among the issues most frequently discussed in the last decades by leading Western philosophers and social scientists. Research into the topic enhances the theoretical level of the Georgian philosophical discourse by confronting it with modern challenges. At the same time it makes an important contribution to the international discussion on the topic by introducing into the discussion a specific historical and cultural experience of a post-Soviet country moving away from a totalitarian towards a democratic society. Research results of the project participants will be discussed at a public colloquium to be held at Bern University in November 2006.

Second, research into this topic has an important influence on the social awareness of the Georgian intellectuals and politicians since the issue of recognition is far from being an exclusively theoretical problem. It has a crucial social dimension which is all the more important for Georgia given the significant problems of integrating her ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Making the concept of recognition a foundation for political discourse will significantly change the framework within which ethno-cultural or religious conflicts are treated.

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