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Expert in: Theory of recognition

Seymour, Michel


Professeur honoraire

My research concerns the theory of recognition of persons and peoples. I am trying to determine to what extent politics of recognition can fit with a liberal-inspired political philosophy. The hypothesis I am studying is that politics of recognition must take the form of a regime of individual and collective rights.

I am also studying the relationships between nationalism and liberalism. In that context, the focus must be on examining the collective right of peoples to self-determination. Nationalism is perhaps just the attempt to secure that right. Thus understood, nationalism and liberalism can become compatible. In the philosophy of language, I am interested in the concept of linguistic community. This approach would make it possible to take into account the collective dimension of language, whether it is related to peoples or other kinds of national groups.


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