Axel Honneth: Critical Essays

With a Reply by Axel Honneth


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.
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Biographical Note

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 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 Recognition’ 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 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.