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Recognition, Culture And Economy: Honneth’s Debate With Fraser

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This chapter focuses on the strategies for articulating the relation between economy and culture in capitalist society, and even here the author has only scratched the surface. What does emerge a little more clearly is the extent to which the fundamental problems at issue in their debate are framed, behind the scene as it were, by Habermas, and in particular his appropriation of the categorial apparatus of systems theory. Honneth's anti anti-normativism can look like a plea for rampant normativism, which is how it looks to Fraser. While Honneth's debate with Fraser may end at an impasse, the theory of recognition can move on from it by attending further to its explanatory schema and by reassessing the modality in which asymmetrical forms of recognition unfold in capitalist society.

Keywords: capitalist society; culture; economy; Fraser; Habermas; Honneth



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