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The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts

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In this pathbreaking study, Axel Honneth argues that "the struggle for recognition" is, and should be, at the center of social conflicts. Moving smoothly between moral philosophy and social theory, Honneth offers insights into such issues as the social forms of recognition and nonrecognition, the moral basis of interaction in human conflicts, the relation between the recog ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 11th 1996 by Mit Press (first published 1992)
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This is the book that - I believe - made Axel Honneth famous in Germany. In The Struggle for Recognition, Honneth wants to place critical theory (or critical social philosophy) within a new normative context. Instead of being pessimistic and implicitly normative - like many of the first generation Frankfurt school were - Honneth believes he can redefine the landscape of normativity, to provide a foothold for socio-political critiques. The new landscape is the struggle for recognition, which can ...more
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I frankly just wanted to say that this is an unambiguous 5-star book for me. It's a rare find: a relatively difficult - if Chris' review didn't make any sense to you, you probably should read it a bit later - book that's nonethless a real page-turner. I loved it. I do think that some of Honneth's remarks in the third section of the book are undermined by some recent work on t
I loved it so much, I have marginalia that makes rereading nearly imposible -- will get a new copy and copare notes after 8 years since first cover to cover read.
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