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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which aims to broaden the hermeneutic horizon in which Axel Honneth's theory of recognition is received. The first part of the book is dedicated to Honneth's early writings and attempts to retrace the conceptual line that took the young neo-Marxist gradually to Jena Hegel and the theme of recognition via the reception of first generation Critical Theory and Habermas. The second part focuses on the philosophical foundations of the mature theory of recognition, by delving in some detail into Honneth's readings of Hegel, Mead and the tradition of philosophical anthropology. The third part studies the different aspects of the mature theory of recognition. The conclusion focuses on the alternative immanent line that runs throughout Honneth's thinking as a more substantive theory of interaction in which recognition is only one of the structural forms of engagement with the world defining the human subject.

Keywords: Axel Honneth; Critical Theory; Habermas; Jena Hegel; theory of recognition



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