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Recognition Or Interaction?

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The most impressive aspects about Honneth's work are the quiet assurance and the amazing consistency with which he has been able to maintain a deeply original intellectual vision over three decades, despite all the changes in the intellectual contexts and despite all the criticisms. Recognition is a lot more than just a normative concept grounding an alternative theory of justice. It is also a concept with explanatory value in social ontology, inspiring an alternative theory of society. If the 'Reification' lectures bring to the highest point of clarity the driving inspiration behind Honneth's work, they also explicitly reveal to what extent recognition provides only a truncated version of interaction. The interpersonalist reduction of intersubjectivity led Honneth to adopt a unilateral stance on institutions, a stance noticeable especially in his readings of Hegel.

Keywords: Hegel; Honneth; interaction; intersubjectivity; recognition



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