Axel Honneth: Critical Essays brings together a collection of critical interpretations on the work of Axel Honneth, from his earliest writings on philosophical anthropology, his reappraisal of critical theory and critique of post-structuralism, to the development and extension of the theory of recognition, his debate with Nancy Fraser and his most recent work on reification. The book also includes a comprehensive reply by Axel Honneth that not only addresses issues and concerns raised by his critics but also provides significant insights and clarifications into his project overall. The book will be essential reading for all those interested in Honneth’s work, and in critical theory, philosophy and social theory more generally.
Danielle Petherbridge, Ph.D. in Philosophy, University College Dublin. She is Co-editor of Recognition, Work, Politics: New Directions in French Critical Theory (Brill 2007) and Co-ordinating Editor of the journal Critical Horizons: A Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory.
Axel Honneth’s Project of Critical Theory
Chapter 1 Joel Anderson
Situating Axel Honneth in the Frankfurt School Tradition
Chapter 2 Jean-Philippe Deranty
Reflective Critical Theory: A Systematic Reconstruction of Axel Honneth’s Social Philosophy
Chapter 3 Johanna Meehan
Recognition and the Dynamics of Intersubjectivity
Chapter 4 Max Pensky
Social Solidarity and Intersubjective Recognition: On Axel Honneth’s ‘Struggle for
Chapter 5 Bert van den Brink
Recognition, Pluralism and the Expectation of Harmony: On the Ideal of an Ethical
Life ‘Free from Pain’
Chapter 6 Robert Sinnerbrink
Power, Recognition, and Care: Honneth’s Critique of Poststructuralist Social Philosophy
Chapter 7 Emmanuel Renault
The Theory of Recognition and Critique of Institutions
Chapter 8 Carl-Göran Heidegren
Recognition: A Theory of the Middle?
Chapter 9 Antti Kauppinen
The Social Dimension of Autonomy
Chapter 10 Rainer Forst
First Things First: Redistribution, Recognition and Justification
Chapter 11 Nicholas H. Smith,
Recognition, Culture and Economy: Honneth’s Debate with Fraser.
Chapter 12 Christopher Zurn
Social Pathologies as Second-Order Disorders
Chapter 13 Alessandro Ferrara
The Nugget and the Tailings. Reification Reinterpreted in the Light of Recognition
Chapter 14 Axel Honneth
This book will be of interest to students and academics interested in the work of Axel Honneth, those working in social and political philosophy, critical theory, social theory and sociology more generally.