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Master and Servant The birth of self-consciousness through recognition


  • Krauss, Heidi R.

    () (PhD Student UNED Madrid)


Hegel's famous Master and Slave dialectic which he develops in his work Phenomenology of Spirit describes in narrative form the development of self­ consciousness - the result of a struggle between two „beings". The central point is recognition. Not only recognition of your own self-consciousness but also of the other. He presents this idealized in a situation where two beings meet and the development they have to undergo. The following article doesn't make a strict distinction between „inside the mind" and „reality" but uses Hegel's „pattern" adapting it to working life and the relationship between workers and their leaders. This article will help tounderstand the social phenomenon of achieving self-conscious­ ness - not only necessary for the own wellbeing but an important factor for a good working team and company - and to make the lector reflect about asymmetrical recognition.

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  • Krauss, Heidi R., 2016. "Master and Servant The birth of self-consciousness through recognition," Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre ökonomische Forschung, Allensbach Hochschule, issue 2, pages 15-18, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:zfioef:0031

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    Business Administration; Labour Standard; Leadership;

    JEL classification:

    • J89 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Other
    • M50 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - General
    • Y80 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Related Disciplines - - - Related Disciplines


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