Recognition, Work, Politics

New Directions in French Critical Theory


The essays in Recognition, Work, Politics indicate the diversity and continuity of contemporary French critical theory concerning both the question of politics and its philosophical articulation. These themes are approached and addressed from directions that include post-structuralism, the paradigm of the gift, and post-marxism. Recognition, Work, Politics also highlights critical theories developed in France today that concentrate on the central issues of recognition and work. These themes highlight the renewed reception of German Critical Theory in contemporary French thought particularly around the project of recognition developed by Axel Honneth. Philosophers and social and critical theorists published in Recognition, Work, Politics include Etienne Balibar, Jacques Rancière, Axel Honneth, Christophe Dejours, Alain Caillé, Christian Lazzeri, Emmanuel Renault, Gérard Raulet and Yves Sintomer.

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Jean-Philippe Deranty and Robert Sinnerbrink are both in the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; Danielle Petherbridge is in the Department of Philosophy at University College Dublin, Ireland; John Rundell is in Social Theory at The University of Melbourne, Australia.
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