RECOGNITION - BASIC PRINCIPLE
The concept of recognition is the fundamental concept of ethical philosophy, its foundation. It implies that the other human being is not seen as a means but as an end, as Kant expresses in the second categorical imperative.
"Act in such a way that you treat humanity, in your own person as in the person of every other, always together as an end, never simply as a means".
"Handle so, daß du die Menschheit sowohl in deiner Person, als in der Person eines jeden anderen jederzeit zugleich als Zweck, niemals bloß als Mittel brauchst."
(Grundlegung zur Metaphysik der Sitten, 1785, in: I. Kant, Akademie Ausgabe, Berlin 1900 ff., Bd. IV, S. 429).
Which means that something will never be done that can harm a human being unless that human being has in turn been guilty of unethical behaviour.In that case, after seeking clarification, one will be allowed to behave differently, if only for one’s own self-defence.
In such a case, one may speak of disallowance, which is the consequence of an acknowledgement sought repeatedly but not obtained.
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