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9. Kantian Version of Recognition: The Bottom–Line of Axel Honneth’s Project

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In the Kantian version, any form of recognition will be grounded on the noumenal idea of freedom and its implications, whereas the conditions of its empirical representation will be normatively evaluated in terms of that idea. Contrary to the Kantian project, it appears that the disregarding of the constitutive distinction between the absolute norm of the noumenal and the realm of the phenomenal or the moral a priori and its implications, results in a diffuse collection of concepts of practical reason, which lacks the constitutive foundational element of their unity. This chapter emphasises the priority of morality and the objective constitutive rational ground which is its basic founding principle. It sketches the consequences of understanding of moral and juridical recognition. The chapter responds to criticisms of the Kantian paradigm. Finally, it sketches a route towards a critical horizon of the factual ethical life and its already implemented forms of recognition.

Keywords: Axel Honneth; ethical life; Hegel; Kantian exteriority; morality



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