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Axel Honneth

Pathology of Reason - The History and Present of Critical Theory

(German title: Pathologien der Vernunft)
ca. 239 pages
Paperback
2007
Axel Honneth
Foto: Axel Honneth
© Jürgen Bauer

Axel Honneth, born 1949, is Professor of Philosophy at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main and Managing Director of Frankfurt’s renowned Institute of Social Research.

Prizes and Awards (selection):

Bruno-Kreisky-Preis 2015

Ernst-Bloch-Preis 2015

»Axel Honneth has found wide reverberation with his socio-philosophical work. (...) In the perception of the profession Honneth stands next to such philosophers as Martha Nussbaum, Robert Pippin, Avishai Margalit, Judith Butler. That his books find such considerable resonance betrays as much about the substance of theory as about the authorial talent of the writer.« Jürgen Habermas, Die Zeit

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The contributions in this collection of essays query the claims of Critical Theory, testing its limits and current relevance.

As a guide, the title essay develops the idea that members of the first generation of the Frankfurt School disparately agreed that a social Pathology of Reason was evident within contemporary society. How then, the contributors ask, can such a far-reaching thesis be justified, and what adjustments must be made to accommodate the present?

Other publications

Die Idee des Sozialismus/The Idea of Socialism (2015)

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Das Recht der Freiheit/Freedom`s Right (2011)

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Das Ich im Wir/The I in We (2010)

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Verdinglichung/Reification (2005)

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Unsichtbarkeit/Invisibility (2003)

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Umverteilung oder Anerkennung?/Redistribution or Recognition (2003)

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Das Andere der Gerechtigkeit/Disrespect (2000)

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Kampf um Anerkennung/The Struggle for Recognition (1992)

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Die zerrissene Welt des Sozialen/The Fragmented World of the Social (1990)

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Kritik der Macht/Critique of Power (1988)

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