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The Ajax DilemmaJustice, Fairness, and Rewards$
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Paul Woodruff

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199768615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768615.001.0001

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Honor and Respect

Honor and Respect

(p.170) Honor and Respect
The Ajax Dilemma

Paul Woodruff

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the notions of honor and respect. Honor and respect are essential parts of what is due in a community. Where one gives honor, one is giving respect, but not the other way around. When one gives honor one is recognizing unique achievements; when one gives respect one is recognizing inclusion in the community. The opposite of respect is exclusion. The opposite of honor is insult (dishonor). Insult entails exclusion, but not the other way around. Some exclusions, however, are insulting. If we withhold respect from anyone who truly belongs in our circle, that is an insult. But if we fail to give an honor, that is neither insult nor lack of respect. The chapter then states the Ajax dilemma this way: How can we prevent differences in rewards—which are inevitable in any community—from undermining a sense of mutual respect?

Keywords:   honor, respect, community, Ajax, exclusion, insult

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