Axel Honneth: Critical Essays - With a Reply by Axel Honneth by Edited by Danielle Petherbridge

By Edited by Danielle Petherbridge

Axel Honneth: severe Essays brings jointly a set of severe interpretations at the paintings of Axel Honneth, from his earliest writings on philosophical anthropology, his reappraisal of serious concept and critique of post-structuralism, to the advance and extension of the idea of popularity, his debate with Nancy Fraser and his latest paintings on reification. The booklet additionally contains a accomplished answer by means of Axel Honneth that not just addresses matters and matters raised by means of his critics but in addition presents major insights and clarifications into his venture total. The booklet might be crucial analyzing for all these attracted to Honneths paintings, and in serious conception, philosophy and social thought extra usually.

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Kluge, Public Sphere and Experience: Toward an Analysis of the Bourgeois and Proletarian Public Sphere, trans. P. Labanyi, J. Daniel & A. Oksiloff, Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 1993. 22 ╇ For an overview, see Robert C. Holub, Jürgen Habermas: Critic in the Public Sphere, New York, Routledge, 1991. 42 joel anderson of procedural rationality, modernist culture and genuine democracy. This universalistic focus has been the target of numerous attacks, but it is motivated by a profound distrust for German tradition, stemming from the defining experience of this generation’s coming of age.

Moreover, the development of a body-scheme presupposes the existence of a least a ‘bodily ego’ which is constituted by “the infant’s distinct physiologically determined repertoire of dispositional states”. 70 The work of both Stern and Whitebook poses questions about the complex genesis of the subject, and about what the nature of the ‘inter’ of intersubjectivity actually refers to. In those exchanges, Honneth has been urged to consider whether the category of symbiosis can do the work required and whether it can be conceptualised in the manner he originally intended.

It is the ‘permanent striving’ to recreate momentary or episodic moments of fusion with the primary care-giver that compels “the subject to rebel again and again against 69 ╇ Joel Whitebook, “First Nature and Second Nature in Hegel and Psychoanalysis”, Constellations, Volume 15, no. 3, 2008, pp. 386–7. 70 ╇ See Stern, The Interpersonal World of the Infant: A View from Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology, London & New York, Karnac Books, 2006 (1985). 71 Honneth clarifies his most recent position in the following terms: I now assume that the impulse to rebel against established forms of recognition can be traced to a deep-seated need to deny the independence of those with whom one interacts and to have them, ‘omnipotently’, at one’s disposal.

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