The Struggle for Recognition. The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts. Axel Honneth. Translated by Joel Anderson. The MIT Press mbridge, Massachusetts. Thus, some worry that struggles for recognition may lead to conformism .. In light of this criticism, Axel Honneth has insisted that the concept of. Axel Honneth has produced arguably the most extensive of social struggles in the experiences and expectations of recognition.

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Axel Honneth, The Struggle for Recognition – Oxford Handbooks

Bonneth Origins of Totalitarianism. A Response to Value or a Precondition of Personhood? An Essay in Phenomenological Ontology. The only problem I have with Honneth’s theory is that he has rewritten social history from the point of view of agency alone, and writes off structure.

New Left Bookspp. Past and PresentCambridge: Some authors are not very optimistic about the prospects of emancipation through struggles of recognition. It is just this suspicion which is expressed by axe French Marxist Louis Althusser. The Danger of Subjectivism Taylor mitigates his position and, arguably, eschews any form of essentialism, by arguing that we always work out our identity through dialogue with others.

Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: For example, when speaking of recognising a particular cultural group, do we mean we recognise that group qua a group, or as a collection of individuals?

Sign in to annotate. Political Theory Philosophy and Social Criticism However, Fraser has responded by arguing that most problems associated with global injustice are not primarily due to misrecognition but rather stem from systemic features of capitalism, such as when multinational enterprises relocate factories and lay off workers in order honnrth maximize profits and share-holder interests Fraser b, — However, as Honneth points out, feelings of shame or anger need not indeed, do not necessarily disclose relations of disrespect ibid: Nonetheless, some authors regard even ideological recognition as being, for example, a dutiful maid as something honbeth insofar as it strengthens the subject’s sense of worth and is clearly superior to acts of misrecognition Honneth— Start reading The Struggle for Recognition on your Kindle in under a minute.


Overall though this is a breath of fresh air in regards to normative theory, ethical philosophy, and axfl of political justice.

For Rousseau, this desire for individual distinction, achievement and recognition conflicts honnrth a principle of equal respect Returning to Taylor, he notes that there is also a universal basis to this second political model insofar as all people are entitled to have their identity recognised: Hegel characterises this mutuality, which cannot be coerced but be freely given and received, as being at home in the other.

For example, it cannot be the recognitiion that all demands for recognition are accepted, for we are unlikely to want to recognise the asel of a racist or homophobic group for cultural protection.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. However, he does not state to what we appeal to in this potential struggle with others.


The first source of recognition is love. The importance of recognition lies precisely in the fact that how others see might us is a necessary step in forming an understanding of who we are.


Honneth’s book casts a flood of light on what has been an area ofdarkness, the place where the philosophical tradition and modern politics meet and interweave.

Whereas Kantian contractualists ask themselves which standards are acceptable to all in a hypothetical choice situationmost theories of recognition follow a more Hegelian route.

Reifying group identity prevents critical dialogue taking place either within or between groups.

Social and Political Recognition

Most theories of recognition assume that in order to develop a practical identity, persons fundamentally depend on the feedback of other subjects and of society as a whole. Whereas homosexuals suffer primarily from culturally discriminating practices of humiliation, workers are first and foremost the victims of economic exploitation.

In a very important discussion, Fraser and Honneth defend their respective theories of recognition see also Honneth, Examining the Politics of Recognitionexp. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice.

Similarly, someone who is coerced into recognising us may also fail to count as a relevant judge. To this extent, theories of political recognition, which were first formulated in the s, developed out of political movements centred upon such concepts as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and culture.