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Realizing Honneth: Redistribution, Recognition, And Global Justice

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Axel Honneth's critical theory of recognition builds on a well-established tradition of Hegelian social and political philosophy. This chapter draws attention to the indifference to questions of moral identity and the technocratic nature of much of the debate on global distributive justice. The author briefly examines the exchange between Honneth and Nancy Fraser about the relationship between redistribution and recognition in contemporary capitalist society. The exclusive focus on the domestic conditions in a small number of highly developed societies is mirrored by the corresponding absence of any reference to the dimension of recognition in theories of international distributive justice. The author concludes with a few remarks on what he believes are the two main problems in the theory of recognition that need to be addressed if one wishes to broaden the concept of struggles for recognition so as to include transnational conflict over justice claims.

Keywords: Axel Honneth; domestic conditions; global distributive justice; theory of recognition



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