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Finding Oneself in the Other$
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G. A. Cohen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148809

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148809.001.0001

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Notes on Regarding People as Equals

Notes on Regarding People as Equals

(p.193) Chapter Ten Notes on Regarding People as Equals
Finding Oneself in the Other

G. A. Cohen

, Michael Otsuka
Princeton University Press

This chapter reflects on what it means to regard people as equals. More specifically, the question that the chapter addresses is “What is it for me (or X) to regard another as my (or his or her) equal?” and not, at least immediately, “What is it for X to regard Y and Z as equals (as equal, that is, to each other)?” The chapter's response is “not, at least immediately,” because the answer to either of those two questions must surely have implications for the answer to the other. Hence, this chapter begins an exploration of the relations between the questions. One conjecture is that “I treat them as equals because…” and “I treat you as an equal because…” might have different appropriate continuations: the pressure to find something in common across persons might be greater with respect to the third-person question.

Keywords:   equality, equals, regard, egalitarianism, respect, social status

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