Over the last decade, Axel Honneth has established himself as one of the leading social and political philosophers in the world today. Rooted in the tradition of critical theory, his writings have been central to the revitalization of critical theory and have become increasingly influential. His theory of recognition has gained worldwide attention and is seen by some as the principal counterpart to Habermas's theory of discourse ethics. In this important new volume, Honneth pursues his interests is practical philosophy by exploring the limits of a theory of justice oriented towards procedure. He argues that a formal, procedural theory of justice needs to be augmented by an account of the 'other' of justice which addresses the specific morality of social relations and the political conditions of a democratic formation of the will. By developing an original account of the 'other' of justice, Honneth is able to steer a course between Kantianism, communitarianism and poststructuralist ethics and to outline a practical social and political philosophy for the contemporary age.
This new book by one of the leading social and political philosophers of our time will be of particular interest to students and scholars in social and political theory and philosophy.
?For the past few decades Axel Honneth has been developing and defending the concept of recognition as the groundwork for a critical theory of society. In this collection of articles he extends his analysis of recognition in order to show how this informs social philosophy, moral theory, and political philosophy. Honneth has a knack for situating fundamental issues in historical perspective, outlining alternative strategies for dealing with them, and breaking new ground. This superb collection of essays is essential for anyone interested in recent developments in the scope and normative foundations of critical social theory.?
Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research
?This belated translation makes patent what many of us have suspected for a long time: Axel Honneth?s recognition theory constitutes one of the most ambitious philosophical undertakings of our time. These sparkling essays work out its implications for major issues in social philosophy, moral philosophy, and political philosophy.?
Nancy Fraser, New School for Social Research
I. The Tasks of Social Philosophy
Pathologies of the Social: The Past and Present of Social Philosophy
The Possibility of a Disclosing Critique of Society: The Dialectic of Enlightenment in Light of Current Debates in Social Criticism
The Social Dynamics Of Disrespect: On The Location Of Critical Theory Today
Moral Consciousness and Class Domination: Some Problems in the Analysis of Hidden Morality
II. Morality and Recognition
The Other of Justice: Habermas and the Ethical Challenge of Postmodernism.
Between Aristotle and Kant: Recognition and Moral Obligation
Between Justice and Affection: The Family as a Field of Moral Disputes
Love and Morality: On the Moral Content of Emotional Ties
Decentered Autonomy: The Subject After the Fall
III. Problems of Political Philosophy
Is Universalism a Moral Trap? The Presuppositions and Limits of a Politics of Human Rights
Democracy as Reflexive Cooperation: John Dewey and the Theory of Democracy Today
Negative Freedom and Cultural Belonging: An Unhealthy Tension in the Political Philosophy of Isaiah Berlin
Post-traditional Communities: A Conceptual Proposal