Disrespect: The Normative Foundations of Critical Theory / Edition 1

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Overview

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 path-breaking work on recognition by exploring the moral experiences of disrespect that underpin the conduct of social and political critique. What we might conceive of as a striving for social recognition initially appears in a negative form - as the experience of humiliation or disrespect. Honneth argues that disrespect constitutes the systematic key to a comprehensive theory of recognition that seeks to clarify the sense in which institutionalized patterns of social recognition generate justified demands on the way subjects treat each other. 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.

About the Author:
Axel Honneth is Professor of Philosophy at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745629063
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/9/2007
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  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Axel Honneth is Professor of Philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The tasks of social philosophy 1
1 Pathologies of the social : the past and present of social philosophy 3
2 The possibility of a disclosing critique of society : the dialectic of enlightenment in light of current debates of social criticism 49
3 The social dynamics of disrespect : on the location of critical theory today 63
4 Moral consciousness and class domination : some problems in the analysis of hidden morality 80
Pt. II Morality and recognition 97
5 The other of justice : Habermas and the ethical challenge of postmodernism 99
6 Between Aristotle and Kant : recognition and moral obligation 129
7 Between justice and affection : the family as a field of moral disputes 144
8 Love and morality : on the moral content of emotional ties 163
9 Decentered autonomy : the subject after the fall 181
Pt. III Problems of political philosophy 195
10 Is universalism a moral trap? : the presuppositions and limits of a politics of human rights 197
11 Democracy as reflexive cooperation : John Dewey and the theory of democracy today 218
12 Negative freedom and cultural belonging : an unhealthy tension in the political philosophy of Isaiah Berlin 240
13 Post-traditional communities : a conceptual proposal 254
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