Recognition is a social-philosophical concept that goes well hand in hand with the mindset of Universal Design. In this Bite, PhD student Leif Pedersen connects three different forms of recognition from the German philosopher Axel Honneth with potential UD design efforts.
Love, respect and solidarity. According to the German philosopher Axel Honneth, these three forms of mutual recognition between people and through the institutions of society are crucial for us in order to develop our identities and communities. Therefore, Honneth’s theory of recognition holds an ideal that there should be room for everyone in society and that everyone has something to contribute. This ideal shares core values with Universal Design and the efforts to create a good framework for care, secure rights (such as access to the public) and give people an opportunity to contribute in their own unique way in, for example, the labor market or social life.
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