By Christopher Zurn
With his insightful and wide-ranging concept of popularity, Axel Honneth has decisively reshaped the Frankfurt institution culture of severe social concept. Combining insights from philosophy, sociology, psychology, background, political financial system, and cultural critique, Honneth’s paintings proposes not anything lower than 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 available evaluation of Honneth’s major contributions throughout various fields, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of his notion. Christopher Zurn in actual fact explains Honneth’s multi-faceted idea of popularity and its relation to different themes: person id, morality, activist events, growth, social pathologies, capitalism, justice, freedom, and critique. In so doing, he areas Honneth’s conception in a huge highbrow context, encompassing vintage social theorists corresponding to Kant, Hegel, Marx, Freud, Dewey, Adorno and Habermas, in addition to modern tendencies in social concept and political philosophy. Treating the complete diversity of Honneth’s corpus, together with his significant new paintings on social freedom and democratic moral existence, this ebook is the main updated consultant available.
Axel Honneth could be useful to scholars and students operating around the humanities and social sciences, in addition to a person looking a transparent advisor to the paintings of 1 of the main influential theorists writing today.
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Thus, in one dimension, each goes from dedifferentiated symbiosis toward individuation. However, this individuation only occurs in a healthy and productive manner if accompanied all along by mutual emotional support, where each is willing to set aside some self-regard in order to acknowledge and support the other’s expression of embodiment, needs, and emotions. Of course, the vast differences in maturity and previous degree of individuation between mother and infant mean different forms and amounts of support and sacrifice for each.
Before turning to a more detailed treatment, it may help to simply summarize some of the main contrasts between the three forms of recognition. First, while love is concerned with the particular needs and emotions of persons, and legal rights are focused on persons’ moral autonomy, the objects of social esteem are individual’s distinc tive traits, abilities, and achievements.
Finally, this public acknowledgment is then the basis for one’s own self-respect as a free moral agent, equal in legal status to all other free moral agents. Because rights are public and socially effective, I always have the option of raising a rights claim that must be acknowledged as such by others. And that possibility is constitutive of being able to see myself as an autonomous actor, worthy of self-respect because of the respect I am afforded as an equal bearer of legal rights with others.
Axel Honneth by Christopher Zurn