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Axel Honneth

The Struggle for Recognition

(German title: Kampf um Anerkennung)
ca. 352 pages
Paperback
1992
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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»In this book Axel Honneth re-examines arguments put forward by Hegel and claims that the 'struggle for recognition' should be at the centre of social conflicts.« (book description from the English edition by Polity Press)

»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 recognition model and conceptions of modernity, the normative basis of social theory, and the possibility of mediating between Hegel and Kant.« (book description from the English edition by MIT Press)

Praise

»Using the young Hegel's 'struggle for recognition' as a basis, Honneth [...] has written a remarkable book. Honneth's book is accessible to - and deserving of - a wide readership. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above and the general reader.« Choice

»This far-ranging study illuminates one of the most important and puzzling features of modern politics, the demand for recognition. Honneth not only traces its origins in the thought of the last two centuries, but also shows how differently the need for recognition has been conceived. Honneth's book casts a flood of light on what has been an area of darkness, the place where the philosophical tradition and modern politics meet and interweave. Since neither is really comprehensible without the other, this work is essential reading for those who would understand either. It is a path-breaking study, which ought to be at the centre of the debate for many years to come.« Charles Taylor, McGill University

»The Struggle for Recognition is an ambitious and rewarding book, at the intersection of a number of important debates.« Radical Philosophy

»Honneth's book should attract a wide audience [...] [it] represents a major contribution to an exciting new research programme in critical social theory.« Political Studies

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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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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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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