The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts

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In this pathbreaking study, Axel Honneth argues that "the struggle for recognition" is, and should be, at the center of social conflicts. Moving smoothly between moral philosophy and social theory, Honneth offers insights into such issues as the social forms of recognition and nonrecognition, the moral basis of interaction in human conflicts, the relation between the recognition model and conceptions of modernity, the normative basis of social theory, and the possibility of mediating between Hegel and Kant.

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"Honneth's book casts a flood of light on what has been an area ofdarkness, the place where the philosophical tradition and modernpolitics meet and interweave. Since neither is really comprehensiblewithout the other, this work is essential reading for those who wouldunderstand either. It is a pathbreaking study,which ought to be atthe center of the debate for many years to come." Charles Taylor , McGill University

"This is a most remarkable book. The exposition and criticaldiscussion are conducted with exemplary clarity. It may changeintellectual lives; it will certainly attract a great deal ofattention for many years to come." William Outhwaite , University of Sussex

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Axel Honneth is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Konstanz.
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Table of Contents

Translator's Note
Translator's Introduction
Introduction 1
Pt. I An Alternative Tradition in Modern Social Theory: Hegel's Original Idea 3
1 The Struggle for Self-preservation: On the Foundation of Modern Social Philosophy 7
2 Crime and Ethical Life: Hegel's Intersubjectivist Innovation 11
3 The Struggle for Recognition: On the Social Theory in Hegel's Jena Realphilosophie 31
Pt. II A Systematic Renewal: The Structure of Social Relations of Recognition 65
4 Recognition and Socialization: Mead's Naturalistic Transformation of Hegel's Idea 71
5 Patterns of Intersubjective Recognition: Love, Rights, and Solidarity 92
6 Personal Identity and Disrespect: The Violation of the Body, the Denial of Rights, and the Denigration of Ways of Life 131
Pt. III Social-philosophical Perspectives: Morality and Societal Development 141
7 Traces of a Tradition in Social Philosophy: Marx, Sorel, Sartre 145
8 Disrespect and Resistance: The Moral Logic of Social Conflicts 160
9 Intersubjective Conditions for Personal Integrity: A Formal Conception of Ethical Life 171
Notes 180
Bibliography 200
Index 209
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