The “public space” is usually analyzed under a certain type of rationality, generally from economy. This way of thinking about the public space implies reducing and narrowing it and, even worse, lacking of resources to solve and to deal with the contemporary problems. My proposal is to recover ‘another way of thinking’ to address its definition and consistency. Therefore opposite to the ‘market logic’ (that reduces the public space to the commercial sphere) I advocate the ‘logic of the gift’ and a mutual recognition logic inspired by the philosophical and economical theories by M. Hénaff and P. Ricoeur. This philosophy and tradition of thought is in the vicinity of what has been called a ‘common good economy’ or ‘civil economy’.

Keywords: public space, gift, mutual recognition, justice, Hénaff, Ricoeur.