Anonymity and recognition
toward an ontology of social roles
“Thus a layman may abandon a city infected with cholera; but a priest or a doctor would think such an act incompatible with his honor. A soldier’s honor requires him to fight or to die under circumstances where another man can apologize or run away with no stain upon his social self. A judge, a statesman, are in like manner debarred by the honor of their cloth from entering into pecuniary relations perfectly honorable to persons in private life. Nothing is commoner than to hear people discriminate between their different selves of this sort: ‘As a man I pity you, but as an official I must show you no mercy; as a politician I regard him as an ally, but as a moralist I loathe him;’ etc., etc.3”
Natanson, M. (1966)., Anonymity and recognition: toward an ontology of social roles, in W. Baeyer & R. M. Griffith (eds.), Conditio humana, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 255-271.
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