By Christopher Zurn
With his insightful and wide-ranging thought of popularity, Axel Honneth has decisively reshaped the Frankfurt college culture of serious social idea. Combining insights from philosophy, sociology, psychology, background, political economic system, and cultural critique, Honneth’s paintings proposes not anything under an account of the ethical infrastructure of human sociality and its relation to the perils and promise of latest social life.
This ebook offers an obtainable review of Honneth’s major contributions throughout various fields, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of his proposal. Christopher Zurn sincerely explains Honneth’s multi-faceted concept of popularity and its relation to different issues: person id, morality, activist activities, growth, social pathologies, capitalism, justice, freedom, and critique. In so doing, he areas Honneth’s concept in a vast highbrow context, encompassing vintage social theorists similar to Kant, Hegel, Marx, Freud, Dewey, Adorno and Habermas, in addition to modern traits in social idea and political philosophy. Treating the entire diversity of Honneth’s corpus, together with his significant new paintings on social freedom and democratic moral existence, this e-book is the main updated advisor available.
Axel Honneth might be worthwhile to scholars and students operating around the humanities and social sciences, in addition to someone looking a transparent consultant to the paintings of 1 of the main influential theorists writing today.
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2 Self-confidence The payoff of this substantive analysis of love, from the perspective of Honneth’s broader theory, is that love is critical for one pillar of practi cal identity: self-confidence. Both Hegel’s and Winnicott’s accounts support the crucial claim that intersubjective recognition in the mode of love is a necessary and irreplaceable condition for the development of healthy self-confidence. And further, basic self-confidence is a neces sary and irreplaceable fundamental for the development of the two other major modes of practical self-relation: self-respect and selfesteem.
Struggle for Recognition develops that theory through detailed inter rogations of the work of German philosopher Hegel, American prag matist social-psychologist George Herbert Mead, and British object relations psychologist Donald Winnicott. For Honneth, what ties all of Individuals’ Struggle for Recognition 25 these theorists together is the idea that when individuals struggle to gain various forms of positive recognition of their different charac teristics, abilities, and achievements from their interaction partners, they are at the same time becoming who they are as moral, ethical, socially interacting agents.
Of course, the vast differences in maturity and previous degree of individuation between mother and infant mean different forms and amounts of support and sacrifice for each. On the one side, the mother must support the baby with an unconditional, trustworthy background of steady care and love in order to enable the baby to begin to under stand its corporeal urges and emotions as its own urges and emotions. On the other side, the baby must provide a kind of emotional attach ment so that the mother will be provided with the trusted space in which she can differentiate herself, her needs, and her emotions from those of her baby.
Axel Honneth by Christopher Zurn