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The Political Theory Of Recognition

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This chapter begins with a discussion on Honneth's account of the liberalism/communitarianism debate. It briefly shows in what sense the theory of recognition is neither a liberal, nor a communitarian position. The chapter addresses one of the most serious objections raised against Honneth's theory of recognition: its alleged weakness in dealing with problems arising from economic injustice. By analyzing this problem, the chapter presents one of Honneth's explicit proposals in political philosophy with a focus on the critique of political economy. It further deals with the question of identity. This is probably the area that is most often targeted by critiques of recognition, and mostly in direct connection with problems of political philosophy.

Keywords: Honneth; identity politics; political economy; political liberalism; Political Theory of Recognition



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