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Social Solidarity And Intersubjective Recognition: On Axel Honneth’s Struggle For Recognition

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Axel Honneth's recognition-theoretical philosophy, from The Struggle for Recognition through to his contemporary re-appropriation and reinterpretation of various canonical writings, is a multi-dimensional, complex and enormously productive enterprise. But at its core, its basic ambition and driving purpose - making a theory of intersubjective recognition into a productive social theory - was already announced with admirable concision at the very opening of The Struggle for Recognition. If a critical social theory wants to gain any normative currency, it will have to be prepared to identify what would count as a reasonable arrangement of social institutions. Modern societies require a mode of social solidarity that binds members to one another in a network of mutual relationships, strong enough to sustain the strains and challenges of accommodation and mutual self-limitation.

Keywords: Axel Honneth; intersubjective recognition; social solidarity; Struggle for Recognition



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