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Social Philosophy As Critical Theory

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This chapter reconstructs the way in which, from an "ethics", Honneth's "mature" model of critical social theory evolves into a full model of critical theory. Such a transformation is performed in the last chapters of The Struggle for Recognition, with important details added in articles published immediately afterwards. The Struggle for Recognition is a book of social psychology, moral psychology and social theory. In the major chapter that introduces the volume Honneth edited in 2002, Pathologien des Sozialen. Die Aufgabe der Sozialphilosophie, Honneth retraces the conceptual genealogy of a tradition he calls "social philosophy". The mature model includes the critical reception already developed in earlier texts of the Habermasian model of critical theory. This is especially visible in the first lecture held by Honneth in 1994 in his new position in Berlin, later published under the title "The Social Dynamics of Disrespect".

Keywords: Habermasian critical theory; Honneth; social philosophy; Struggle for Recognition



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