The Habermasian Foundations and Aims of Axel Honneth’s Theory of Recognition
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The paper reconstructs Axel Honneth’s theoretical evolution as a complex interrogation of Habermasian critical theory, arguing against a misconception that Honneth tries to ‘supersede’ Habermas’ perspective through an essentialist and reductionist social philosophy, and pointing out that Honneth’s theory retains a ‘Habermasian’ tension between two imperatives: attaining post-metaphysical normative foundations and articulating a ‘diagnostic’ social critique. The paper concludes that Honneth’s recent works exhibit a systems-theoretic sensitivity, which suggests that Honneth’s ‘dialogue’ with Habermas continues.
Keywords:Honneth / Habermas / critique / recognition / intersubjectivity / communication
Source:Revista Ideias, 2016, 7, 2
- São Paulo : Instituto de Filosofia e Ciencias Humanas