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Recognition, philosophy: the ability of a conscious subject to identify a pattern that has already been received by this subject. This ability is no knowledge-how and no quale, since there is no particular way of experience that all the cases of recognition have in common. However, the ability to recognize certain features can be learned, but this is actually an identification and no recognition. See also memory, qualia, knowledge-how, knowledge, computation, identification, individuation, similarity, equality.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Hans-Georg Gadamer on Recognition - Dictionary of Arguments

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Recognition/Imitation/Representation/Arts/Gadamer: The cognitive sense of mimesis is recognition.
Aristotle: Artistic representation [makes] even the unpleasant appear pleasant(1), Kant: defines art thus as the beautiful conception of a thing because it knows how to make the ugly appear beautiful(2).
Gadamer: This obviously does not mean artificiality and artistry as such. One does not admire the art with which something is made, as with the artist. This is only a secondary interest, as Aristotle states(3). What one actually experiences in a work of art and what one is directed towards is rather how true it is, i.e. how much one recognizes something and how much one recognizes oneself in it.
Gadamer: The joy of recognition is (...) that more is recognized than just the known. In recognition, what we know emerges from all the randomness and variability of the circumstances that cause it, as if through an enlightenment, and is grasped in its essence. It is recognized as something. Here we stand before the central motif of Platonism.
Plato: in his doctrine of "anamnesis", he combined the mythical idea of recollection with the path of his dialectic, which seeks the truth of being in the logoi, i.e. in the ideality of language(4).
Gadamer: Indeed, such idealism of the being is inherent in the phenomenon of recognition. This only comes into its true being and reveals itself as what it is through its recognition. As the recognized, it is that what is trapped in its essence, and that what is released from the randomness of its aspects.
Cf. >Generality, >Generalization, >Idea, >Being.

1. Aristotle, Poet. 4, 1448 b 10.
2. Kant, Kr. d. U., S 48.
3. Aristotle, a.a.O. b 10f.
4. Plato, Phaidon. 73ff

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gadamer I
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Wahrheit und Methode. Grundzüge einer philosophischen Hermeneutik 7. durchgesehene Auflage Tübingen 1960/2010

Gadamer II
H. G. Gadamer
The Relevance of the Beautiful, London 1986
German Edition:
Die Aktualität des Schönen: Kunst als Spiel, Symbol und Fest Stuttgart 1977

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