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Redistribution or Recognition?: A Political-Philosophical Exchange

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“Recognition” has become a veritable keyword of our time, but its relation to “redistribution” remains undertheorized. This volume remedies the lacuna by staging a sustained debate between two philosophers, one North American, the other European, who hold different views of the matter. Highly attuned to contemporary politics, the exchange between Nancy Fraser and Axel Honn ...more
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Published January 17th 2004 by Verso (first published December 11th 2003)
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Reginald Simms
Nov 30, 2015 Reginald Simms rated it liked it
The book demonstrates a political debate between two intellectuals arguing in essence for the "best" way for social justice to be had. Nancy Fraser begins by dissecting the two poles of redistribution and recognition. She breaks them down but in the end synthesizes them into a theory of the necessity of both expelling the myth of mutual exclusivity. She proposes "participatory parity" as the need for distinct groups to be recognized politically representing the recognition side of the argument b ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Possibly the best book I've ever read in the "sphere" of social justice. Fraser's "two-dimensional" theory of justice in particular I think will stick with me for the rest of my life, as a cogent method for understanding and breaking down social divisions into their constituent parts, searching for causes, and developing praxis for dismantling them. I know I'm hyping it hella much here, but in a certain sense it's the perfect fusion of Marxian economic/material and Weberian "social status"-based ...more
Oct 10, 2010 Bradley rated it it was ok
This book is hippie nonsense with - "the far more reaching goal of respecting cultural practices of a minority as something socially valuable in itself - as a social good."

Even Neo-Nazi's? Should we respect the cultural values of a group that possesses no mutual respect for other groups? Get real. Fascism is real. The Hardt book on Deleuze was too anarchical (All Critique is violent) and this book is too Kantian "All people are inherently rational, capable of deciding for themselves, and full o
Feb 19, 2011 0spinboson rated it liked it
Let my start off by saying that this book is a very fertile work for the patient and careful reader who wants to get a feel for the kinds of issues to consider in the redistribution/recognition debate on social justice.
However, I'm finding this to be a very annoying book to read. In this book, Honneth and Fraser both first supply a very long essay; starting with Fraser, an extended reply/counterargument by Honneth, and then 1 reply to the other's reply. To start, both their arguments are quite e
Mar 28, 2013 C rated it liked it
This book is a debate between two prominent critical theorist: Nancy Fraser from the New School, and Axel Honneth, the new 'heir' to Habermas. For Fraser's writing alone, this book deserves 4.5-5 stars, but for Honneth's writing, it deserves one to two.

Axel Honneth is known for developing a normative critical theory based upon an anthropological view that mankind has built in recognition capacities, which can be expressed when entering into an inter-subjective relation. If one is not recognized
Jul 17, 2015 Gabriel rated it it was amazing
Excellent, I tend to incline myself for Nancy Fraser's theory of social justice based on the principle of parity of participation. Obviously there are other ways to do critical theory, but if we are talking about normative political theory I could not think of a better one.
Wow, Nancy Fraser with her liberal hat on is INCREDIBLY BORING. Nonetheless there are some useful things here. I can't even be bothered trying any of the Axel Honneth chapters.
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Nancy Fraser is an American critical theorist, currently the Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Political and Social Science and professor of philosophy at The New School in New York City. Fraser earned her PhD in philosophy from the CUNY Graduate Center and taught in the philosophy department at Northwestern University for many years before moving to the New School.
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