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Honneths Marx. Social Action And Human Nature (1), And First Articles

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This chapter describes the genealogy and content of Axel Honneth's own version of a critical theory of society. It focuses on Honneth's critical reading of Marx. The first critical axis of Honneth's reconstruction of Marxist social theory concerns the change in methodology between Marx's early and mature writings. The second axis in Honneth's critical reading of Marx focuses on the anthropological moment, on Marx's transformation of Feuerbach's philosophical anthropology. In Social Action and Human Nature, Honneth and Joas set out the following programme: to ground a new philosophy of praxis by reconstructing the tradition of philosophical anthropology in order to uncover the anthropological preconditions of social action. The third main critical axis in Honneth's "reconstruction" of historical materialism targets other conceptual confusions in Marx's concept of labour. The chapter points out that the ultimate reason behind the rejection of structuralist Marxism is a practical, and not just a theoretical one.

Keywords: Axel Honneth; Feuerbach's philosophical anthropology; Marxist social theory; Social Action and Human Nature



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