6 mars 2018 @ 17:15 – 18:45
2910 Boulevard Edouard-Montpetit
Montréal, QC H3T 1J7
Dans le cadre des midis de l’éthique du CRÉ, Richard Healey
nous offrira une présentation intitulée « Mutual Recognition, Friendship, and the Moral Relationship »
Moral agents are often thought to stand, or to be capable of standing, in a kind of valuable relationship with one another. The relationship in question is often characterized by way of an analogy with special relationships such as friendship, at least when things go well. Yet this analogy can seem strained. Friendships are historical and on-going relationships between individuals that are quite distinct from otherwise decent moral relations between people. My aim in this paper is to propose a novel way of making sense of the analogy between friendship and the “moral relationship.” I do so by developing a conception of mutual recognition between persons. Specifically, I argue that a concrete form of inter-subjective recognition endows our interpersonal relations with a distinct form of value. This form of recognition is well exemplified by friendships, as well as other forms of special relationship. But these examples also help us to see that mutual recognition is a valuable constituent of our interactions and relations with those whom we have nothing more than a basic moral relationship.