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Las capacidades ético-discursivas como capacidades para el reconocimiento recíproco: bases de un modelo de desarrollo humano


  • Siurana, Juan Carlos

    () (Departamento de Filosofía del Derecho, Moral y Política)


I defend three discourse ethical capabilities for human development: 1) Capability for self-understanding; 2) Capability to ground judgements in a dialogue with the affected; 3) Capability to carry out, with others, the justice projects agreed by common consent. Here I interpret them as capabilities for “reciprocal recognition.” I claim that the forms of self-relation of the subject, defined by Axel Honneth, complement the capability for self-understanding. Honneth also offers an idea of justice that reviews the second mentioned capability. But I question the concept of “struggle” in Honneth from the perspective of the third capability, showing the advantages of co-responsibility. Then, I show that the three capabilities can be specified in indicators in each one of the spheres of the society where important ethical issues are confronted, and I give the example of what happens within the business sector. Finally, I defend a procedure to measure such indicators with concrete data. This procedure will allow us to evaluate the ethical level of a society evaluating the “ethical capabilities” of their citizens.

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  • Siurana, Juan Carlos, 2011. "Las capacidades ético-discursivas como capacidades para el reconocimiento recíproco: bases de un modelo de desarrollo humano," Ethics and Economics, CREUM, Université de Montréal, vol. 8(1), pages 1-14.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:etheco:0030

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    capabilities; discourse ethics; reciprocal recognition; human development; indicators;

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    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being


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