The Critical Theory of Axel Honneth by Danielle Petherbridge

By Danielle Petherbridge

The severe concept of Axel Honneth offers a complete research of the paintings of Axel Honneth, tracing the theoretical trajectory from his earliest writings on philosophical anthropology to the advance of a concept of popularity. The e-book argues that Honneth’s early paintings presents vital insights for the reconstruction of the normative venture of severe thought and the articulation of a conceptual framework for examining social family of energy and domination. Danielle Petherbridge contends, even if, that those goals aren't totally discovered in Honneth’s extra mature undertaking and that relevant insights recede as his undertaking develops. Petherbridge seeks to illustrate that the root for an alternate idea of intersubjectivity that may account for either an enough idea of energy and normative varieties of subject-formation may be immanently reconstructed from inside of Honneth’s personal paintings. through contextualizing Honneth’s venture on the subject of its theoretical impacts, The serious thought of Axel Honneth presents a serious learn and perfect access aspect that might be crucial examining for either scholars and students who paintings within the parts of ecu philosophy, serious conception, social and political philosophy, or social and political theory.

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By Danielle Petherbridge

The severe concept of Axel Honneth offers a complete research of the paintings of Axel Honneth, tracing the theoretical trajectory from his earliest writings on philosophical anthropology to the advance of a concept of popularity. The e-book argues that Honneth’s early paintings presents vital insights for the reconstruction of the normative venture of severe thought and the articulation of a conceptual framework for examining social family of energy and domination. Danielle Petherbridge contends, even if, that those goals aren't totally discovered in Honneth’s extra mature undertaking and that relevant insights recede as his undertaking develops. Petherbridge seeks to illustrate that the root for an alternate idea of intersubjectivity that may account for either an enough idea of energy and normative varieties of subject-formation may be immanently reconstructed from inside of Honneth’s personal paintings. through contextualizing Honneth’s venture on the subject of its theoretical impacts, The serious thought of Axel Honneth presents a serious learn and perfect access aspect that might be crucial examining for either scholars and students who paintings within the parts of ecu philosophy, serious conception, social and political philosophy, or social and political theory.

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Honneth’s unique achievement is to bring together through reconstructive critique the insights contained in Habermas’ ‘intersubjective-theoretical turn’ with Foucault’s motif of the struggle-constituted notion of the social. 5 Honneth’s immanent critique of Foucault in The Critique of Power is important not only in terms of the project of articulating the centrality of struggle to the paradigm of the social, but also to the articulation of an intersubjective-theoretic notion of power that is central to the development of a theory of intersubjectivity.

17 However, as Honneth notes, the basis on which Habermas first articulates this distinction is important. Habermas first makes this distinction in developing his critique of positivism, before he employs it in his critique of Marx, where the distinction between ‘instrumental’ and ‘communicative’ action becomes central to differentiating the humanities and social sciences from the positivistic sciences. There he argues that, far from being an interest-free form of knowledge, positivism is falsely universalizing and anchored prescientifically in the act of dominating nature.

In other words, positive acknowledgement or recognition precedes cognition. 25 Honneth argues that having relinquished a notion of alienation, Habermas has given up this means of critiquing the increasing instrumentalization and fragmentation of labor activity itself. He therefore does not have the means to articulate ways of structuring and managing labor activity in ways that promote autonomy or render work meaningful. 26 As a consequence of rejecting both the social-diagnostic notion of alienation and the model of work as externalization, Honneth argues that Habermas therefore also neglects to consider the implications of instrumental action understood as a type of activity which may be independently controlled and organized, and may be more or less autonomous and self-managed.

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