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The Relevance Of Hegel’s “Absolute Spirit” To Social Normativity

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Marx's conception of alienation is still prominent in contemporary critical social philosophy but it is mostly overlooked that his conception of recognition is the main evaluative resource in its background. There are two difficulties in contemporary social philosophy, which are better understood when Marx's 'solution' has been carefully examined: The close connection of essentialist and evaluative notions in Marx's social ontology on the one hand and his 'solution' to the problem of the relation between individual and species on the other hand. Making visible where and why Marx's solution to the estrangement embedded in the social grammar of modernity uses a too strong evaluative ideal still provides an important lesson for contemporary critical social theory.

Keywords:Marx; social grammar



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