Matt Ferkany is Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University.
Recognition, Attachment, and the Social Bases of Self-Worth
Article first published online: 2 MAR 2010
2009 The University of Memphis
The Southern Journal of Philosophy
Volume 47, Issue 3, pages 263–283, Fall 2009
How to Cite
Ferkany, M. (2009), Recognition, Attachment, and the Social Bases of Self-Worth. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 47: 263–283. doi: 10.1111/j.2041-6962.2009.tb00094.x
- Issue published online: 2 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 2 MAR 2010
- Cited By
Recognition theorists have often sought to justify calls for the recognition of identities or cultures on grounds that a culturally egalitarian societal environment is a crucial social basis of a sense of self-worth. In doing so they have often drawn on noncognitivist social-psychological theorizing. This paper argues that this theorizing does not support the recognition theorist's position. It is argued that attachment theory together with recent empirical evidence support a more attachment- focused and Rawlsian vision of self-worth's social bases according to which secure parent-child attachment, associational ties, equal basic rights and liberties, and economic and educational opportunities are what really matter.