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Honor, History, and RelationshipEssays in Second-Personal Ethics II$
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Stephen Darwall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199662609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662609.001.0001

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Respect as Honor and as Accountability

Respect as Honor and as Accountability

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Honor, History, and Relationship

Stephen Darwall

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines two different kinds of respect for persons that mediate two different ideals of social order: an order of honour, on the one hand, and of mutually accountable equals, on the other. The sense of ‘person’ in an honour culture is that of persona, a socially presented self that bids for recognition (honour) by others. Contempt or disdain is the denial of such recognition. Together, social relations of honour respect and contempt constitute a hierarchy of status, an order of honour. The chapter discusses basic differences between orders of honour and mutual accountability, and the different forms recognition respect takes in mediating these different orders. These differences are tied to different negative emotions, shame and guilt, respectively.

Keywords:   respect, person, honour, accountability, shame, guilt, dignity, status, second-personal

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