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.
Table of contents
Danielle Petherbridge Axel Honneth’s Project of Critical Theory
Joel Anderson Situating Axel Honneth in the Frankfurt School Tradition
Jean-Philippe Deranty Reflective Critical Theory: A Systematic Reconstruction of Axel Honneth’s Social Philosophy
Johanna Meehan Recognition and the Dynamics of Intersubjectivity
Max Pensky Social Solidarity and Intersubjective Recognition: On Axel Honneth’s ‘Struggle for
Bert van den Brink Recognition, Pluralism and the Expectation of Harmony: On the Ideal of an Ethical
Life ‘Free from Pain’
Robert Sinnerbrink Power, Recognition, and Care: Honneth’s Critique of Poststructuralist Social Philosophy
Emmanuel Renault The Theory of Recognition and Critique of Institutions
Carl-Göran Heidegren Recognition: A Theory of the Middle?
Antti Kauppinen The Social Dimension of Autonomy
Rainer Forst First Things First: Redistribution, Recognition and Justification
Nicholas H. Smith, Recognition, Culture and Economy: Honneth’s Debate with Fraser.
Christopher Zurn Social Pathologies as Second-Order Disorders
Alessandro Ferrara The Nugget and the Tailings. Reification Reinterpreted in the Light of Recognition
Axel Honneth Rejoinder
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.