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The Critique Of Habermas. Critique Of Power (2), Social Action And Human Nature (2), Critical Reconstructions Of Habermas

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This chapter attempts to delineate the most significant critical strands in the numerous readings Honneth has dedicated to Habermas, which have paved the way for the model of recognition. There are five such major critical standpoints on Habermas in Honneth's writings. The chapter explains how the uncritical acceptance of the thesis of an autonomisation of technological rationality led to major distortions in Habermas' attempts at dealing with those two aspects: the maintenance of a strong concept of democratic politics and the critique of power. Theoretically and empirically, Honneth argues against the notion of "non-normative", delinguistified sub-systems. The chapter also explains how the shift to the model of a "struggle for recognition" was triggered by the efforts to "reconstruct" historical materialism once the problematic aspect of the paradigm of social labour had been identified.

Keywords: critique of power; Habermas; historical materialism; Honneth; Honneth's ethics of recognition



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