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Axel Honneth

The Idea of Socialism - Attempt at an Update

(German title: Die Idee des Sozialismus)
ca. 150 pages
Clothbound
2015
Axel Honneth
Foto: Axel Honneth
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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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»Social freedom is the truly fundamental idea of socialism.«

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The idea of socialism, which for the past 150 years has provided the normative foundation and historical orientation for the dissatisfaction with the conditions of life under capitalism, seems now to have lost all its power of attraction. Despite growing discontent, it nevertheless seems all but impossible nowadays for anyone to take that idea as a basis for a form of life beyond capitalism.

The idea of socialism has lost its lustre, as Axel Honneth argues in this lucid politico-philosophical essay, because the underlying theoretical assumptions date from the industrialist period, and have now lost their explanatory force. They must therefore be replaced with models of history and society that are commensurate with actual lived reality in the twenty-first century. Only then can confidence be restored in this project which remains timely and relevant and which also requires a recalibration of the economy on the basis of a notion of freedom as solidarity.

Other publications

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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Pathologien der Vernunft/Pathology of Reason (2007)

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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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