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7) If something counts or is counted as a particular thing, it is regarded as being that thing, especially in particular circumstances or under particular rules.
Collins Cobuild Advanced Learnerís English Dictionary.
A small example:
He soon notices that what bears him up or throws him down is not that which he is but that which he counts as being: here is the origin of vanity.
(Human, All Too Human; The Wanderer and His Shadow; translated by R.J. Hollingdale)
"which he counts as being" - means (as far as I am concerned) "what others think him to be"/"what others think he is".
Does it mean that these two following sentences convey just the same meaning (and what is more important - excite the same 'feeling' - so we can't distinguish between the passive and the active meaning):
He counts as a hero.
He is counted as a hero.
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