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Axel Honneth

Recognition - A European History of Ideas

(German title: Anerkennung)
ca. 238 pages
Clothbound
2018
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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The history of one of the central European ideas

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In his new book, Axel Honneth traces the idea of recognition and the diversity of meanings it has taken on since the beginning of modernity in Europe. Referencing three powerful schools of thought – the French, the British and the German – he traces the way it has in each case experienced entirely different philosophical interpretations and sociopolitical expressions due to various sociopolitical challenges.

While in France the term reconnaissance is associated with the danger of the individual’s loss of self, in Britain the process of recognition is considered to be the condition for normative self-control; in Germany Anerkennung denotes the total implementation of genuine respect among people as well. It is astonishing that none of these three meanings, whose roots can be traced back to the 17th century, has lost any of its impact in the present. This study explores whether they are currently complementing one another or rather hindering each other, at the same time as it contributes to the clarification of our current political and cultural self-understanding.

Praise

»What Honneth manages in elegant arcs is the intellectually historical feat of clearly identifying the national aspects [of the concept of recognition] in order to then arrive at a careful connection of the three traditions of thought.« Die literarische Welt

»Honneth writes in a breezy academic style ... this is how scientific books should be!« Neue Zürcher Zeitung

»In his latest book, Recognition, philosopher Axel Honneth offers an important contribution to the clarification of our political-cultural self-image.« Deutschlandfunk Kultur

»Axel Honneth’s philosophical excavations pursue a good idea. Furthermore, they are learned and informative.« Jörg Später, Süddeutsche Zeitung

»This volume’s easily flowing prose is also profitable for non-philosophers to read.« taz. die tageszeitung

»Honneth’s essay is stimulating and instructive for the understanding of his conception of recognition ... « Soziopolis

»Axel Honneth’s new book Recognition makes an important contribution to the clarification of our political and cultural self-image.« Deutschlandfunk Kultur

»Honneth’s history of ideas presents the reading educator with a stimulating read but also the added value of reassurance for the project of ensuring more recognition in schools – critical towards wrong forms, with sociopolitical intent and knowledge of the reciprocity of the educational process.« GEMEINSAM LERNEN

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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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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