/Review of William Lad Sessions’, Honor For Us: A Philosophical Analysis, Interpretation and Defense (New York: Continuum, 2010), 226 pages./

William Lad Sessions in his Honor for Us: A Philosophical Analysis, Interpretation and Defense has written what is likely the very first philosophy of honor as a concept. In writing the definitive text he has done “honor” an inestimable service, though we shall require some few revisions to his presentation. He first identifies five general categories of honor, beginning with the two kinds of honor best known by their forms: conferred honor comes from being the best at something, what we will refer to as some “concrete” act, while recognition honor comes from an “excellence” that must be found, not made. We will say that these two forms refer in fact to “achievements” and “participations grounding excellence”, respectively.

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Herrman, Charles. “William Sessions on Honor.” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 3, no. 1(7) (2019): 141-150.


Charles Herrman
Independent Scholar

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