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Práxis Educativa

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CENCI, Angelo Vitório. Autonomy, recognition and education. Práxis Educativa [online]. 2015, vol.10, n.1, pp.253-274. ISSN 1809-4309.

This paper addresses Honneth's concept of autonomy from two dimensions of his work, distinct, though inseparable. The first one is suggested through the subject's positive practical self-relation linked to the patterns of reciprocal recognition of love, right and social esteem; the second is formulated as non-centered autonomy opposed to the present-day criticism of the modern autonomous subject encompassing three levels, namely: the capacity of linguistic articulation, the narrative coherence of life and the complementation of being guided by principles with some criteria of moral sensitivity to the context. We defend the position that, by metaphysically anchoring the concept of autonomy onto the intersubjective assumptions of his/her theory of the subject, and exploring it linked to the subject's positive practical self-relation and to a non-centered meaning, Honneth has managed to renew it, which allows drawing important consequences of such effort to the field of education.

Keywords : Autonomy; Recognition; Education.

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