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By Christopher Zurn

With his insightful and wide-ranging concept of popularity, Axel Honneth has decisively reshaped the Frankfurt tuition culture of serious social thought. Combining insights from philosophy, sociology, psychology, historical past, political economic system, and cultural critique, Honneth’s paintings proposes not anything under an account of the ethical infrastructure of human sociality and its relation to the perils and promise of latest social life.
This ebook presents an obtainable evaluate of Honneth’s major contributions throughout numerous fields, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of his suggestion. Christopher Zurn truly explains Honneth’s multi-faceted concept of popularity and its relation to diversified themes: person identification, morality, activist hobbies, development, social pathologies, capitalism, justice, freedom, and critique. In so doing, he locations Honneth’s idea in a huge highbrow context, encompassing vintage social theorists akin to Kant, Hegel, Marx, Freud, Dewey, Adorno and Habermas, in addition to modern traits in social thought and political philosophy. Treating the entire variety of Honneth’s corpus, together with his significant new paintings on social freedom and democratic moral lifestyles, this e-book is the main up to date advisor available.
Axel Honneth should be helpful to scholars and students operating around the humanities and social sciences, in addition to someone looking a transparent consultant to the paintings of 1 of the main influential theorists writing today.

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Communitarians such as Alasdair MacIntyre, Michael Sandel, Charles Taylor, and Michael Walzer engaged in a sustained back and forth with Rawls and other liberal political philosophers – itself an update of disputes in political philosophy between Hegel and Introduction 21 Kant. In fact, Honneth originally framed his project through these debates. For instance, the capstone idea in SfR – the idea of a “formal conception of ethical life” – is itself developed as a solution to the culde-sac that Honneth argues both liberals and communitarians had arrived at in their debate (Honneth 1995f).

Honneth proposes the over­ arching concept of “disrespect” to refer to all of those negative experi­ ences of a denial of appropriate recognition. Then, within that broad category, he distinguishes three specific forms of disrespect corre­ sponding, as negatives, to the three main forms of recognition. In this case, the vulnerability concerns the impact upon basic self-confidence of the disorienting disruption of targeted violence. As we will see below, the arbitrary denial of rights is the paradigmatic form of disre­ spect negatively corresponding to self-respect, while systematic insult and denigration negatively correspond to self-esteem.

Respect, rather, is for a person as an end-in-herself, as an irreplaceable source of intrinsic worth, just insofar as and because she is a moral agent. The object of the respect, then, is not what differentiates her from others but more accurately the personhood she shares equally with all others on account of her moral autonomy: as a freely willing being, capable of reasoned insight into the moral requirements of social life (including the demands of law), and responsible for the choices and actions she makes in the light of that insight.

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