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Axel Honneth

  • The costs of being invisible

    image (c) Palomaleca For all the trouble it brings, the omnipresent watchful gaze of the relational world does have its benefits. You get noticed, for one thing. This is a significant benefit of an intersubjective existence – no-one dislikes anything more than to remain

  • What do we mean by social justice?

                                [please note – this post is part of a collaborative project between Social Theory Applied and the staff and pupils of Hutchesons’ School in Glasgow – but feel

  • Theory, Method and Axel Honneth

    Recognition theory as social research: investigating the dynamics of social conflict is an edited collection devoted to the discussion and application of Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition. Full of strong papers, it speaks to the core concerns of Social Theory Applied around

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    Kramer v. Honneth: Juridification and the invisible hand of the law

    In his newest book, Freedom’s right: the social foundations of democratic life, Axel Honneth readily acknowledges his debt to Frankfurt School critical theory, particularly Habermas. He is arguably at his most Habermasian when discussing the pathologies of legal freedom, pathologies that revolve

  • In the Eye of the Beholder: Honneth, Bourdieu and Recognition

    The most serious criticism faced by Axel Honneth and his attempt to develop a critical theory of recognition, relates to the place of power relations vis-à-vis the relational world. In her book Against Recognition, Lois McNay argues that Honneth’s relational view of

  • Achtung, maybe

    Axel’s Honneth’s recent compendium of essays The I in We: studies in the theory of recognition is a bit of a Hegel love-in. As Honneth says himself, the essays are all effectively efforts to ‘build upon the assumptions of a Hegelian theory