ABSTRACT

Honor is the axiological total social fact.2 Societies promote the principal values of the group, establish institutions to satisfy said principles, and enforce the place of each individual as a relational identity within the group.3 The processes that make up the multi-phenomenal concept of honor interpenetrate one another in order to tie individuals and groups together such that hierarchy and peerage determine positions of value within and between societies. The co-confi gurative cycle occurs through a resonance circuit of persuasion and reception between individuals and groups. Societies are formed of individuals and individuality has meaning because of society. To this end, honor represents the total social fact of humanity; it stretches from the international political community of states (including any and all non-state actors) down to the billions of individuals walking Earth’s surface.