Beyond Communication: A Critical Study of Axel Honneth's by Jean-Philippe Deranty

By Jean-Philippe Deranty

Few thinkers have made such major contribution to social and political considering over the past 3 many years as Axel Honneth. His thought of popularity has rejuvenated the political vocabulary and allowed serious thought to maneuver past Habermas. past communique is the 1st full-scale examine of Honneth's paintings, masking the entire variety of his writings, from his first sociological articles to the newest courses. by way of moving the speculation of popularity in the culture of eu social thought, the e-book exposes the whole intensity and breadth of Honneth's philosophical intervention. The ebook might be an critical source for an individual attracted to modern philosophy and the social sciences.

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In the remainder of this section, we look at Honneth’s early critique of Marx’s philosophical anthropology, and his reappraisal of Feuerbach as a central figure to lay down the normative foundations of a critical theory of society. At first, Honneth and Joas seem to agree with Schmidt that the Marxian correction to Feuerbach’s “sensualist materialism” is indeed warranted and represents theoretical progress. 32 Or, as the fifth “thesis” puts it: “Feuerbach (. ) does not conceive sensuousness as practical, human-sensuous activity”.

In most interpretations sharing the rejection of an epistemological break in Marx, this is found in an anthropological notion of the human individual and human society. We will see in the next section as well as in chapter 5 how Honneth’s anthropological reading of Marx led him, or perhaps was inspired by, the conviction that the normative content of social theory needs to be grounded in a philosophical anthropology. We will see how Honneth was able, right at the 13 Honneth, “History and Interaction”, p.

Elster, Making Sense of Marx (1985), chapters 6 and 7. 11 A. Honneth, The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts, trans. J. Anderson, Cambridge, Polity Press, 1994, (1992), p. 240. See J. Rundell, Origins of Modernity: The Origins of Modern Social Theory from Kant to Hegel to Marx, Cambridge, Polity Press, 1987, especially chapter 4. P. Thompson’s The Making of the English Working Class, London, Gollancz, 1965. Thompson’s attack on Althusser’s approach to Marx, The Poverty of Theory, London, Merlin Press, was published in 1978.

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