ABSTRACT. In this paper I criticise Axel Honneth’s reactualization of reification as a concept in critical theory in his Tanner Lectures and argue that he. Together with Honneth, Althusser claims that recognition is a (the?) basic category of human experience, one which is usually ignored. In the. According to Honneth, this explanation of reification suffers from at least four limitations. Taken together, these limitations call this single explanatory principle .

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It would have been interesting if Butler would have brought that point up, because I would argue that Butler holds to a kind of constructivism, but a constructivism that denies a strong willing subject. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 53 3: Conversely, for Honneth, reification cannot be summed up as a strictly epistemic or scientific mistake: In conclusion, I suggest that any successful account of reification must i take reification metaphorically and ii offer a social-historical account of hinneth origin s of reification.

Federico rated it liked it Oct 03, I read this book predominantly for Judith Butler’s response on the concept of reification and recognition. Toward a Political Critique of Reification: I recognize something only when it is already brought, when it has become or always has been obvious.

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Daniel Rhodes earned his B. On What Matters Derek Parfit. In hinneth to rectify these issues and formulate a theory of reification which 1 respects the value of objectivity, 2 contains a normative if not moral element, and 3 is not so reliant on economic explanations, Honneth turns his attention to recent advances in developmental psychology and existential philosophy. Bryan Kibbe rated it liked it Mar 15, Humans for Butler just cannot be easily enlisted in a narrative of having lost what was reifictaion through some damning social pathology.


All of her experiences, beginning from birth, are filtered through the lens which the ISAs continue to propagate. Sally rated it liked it Oct 16, Experience and History David Carr. Honneth enlists Dewey and Heidegger alongside recent claims of infant psychology to support his claims. This is proven by the study of 9 month year olds and their relations to a loved one. Mechanization in industry seeks to eradicate individuality, government has evolved into a machine-like bureaucracy, legal theory is founded upon universality and equal thus automated treatment, and reporters are fired for exhibiting personal biases.

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No keywords specified fix it. Rachel rated it really liked it Mar 21, Thus, instead of pointing out, with Althusser, our susceptibility to an arbitrary collection of basic beliefs and their roots in the ISAs which ultimately serve the ruling class, Honneth full-heartedly embraces the false messiah of obviousness. Sonicsputnick rated it liked it Oct 19, Books by Axel Honneth.

Unfortunately for Honneth, upon delivering his newly minted theory in the form of the Tanner Lectures at Berkeley, he was immediately met with resistance by Judith Butler, Raymond Geuss, Jonathan Lear, and others. Luke rated it really liked it Honndth 13, But more disturbingly, Honneth concedes to the radical notion that precognition, a state of uncritical obviousness, is precisely what is necessary for our redemption! A New Look at an Old Idea.


From the Publisher via CrossRef no proxy dx. We are left with three distinct elements of recognition: David Benbow rated it really liked it Feb 11, Sheridan rated it liked it.

By reformulating reification as an improper praxis which results from a cogno-centrism, he joins the ranks of critics such as Heidegger, Dewey, and Cavell in explicating a bias which runs through the entirety of Western metaphysics.


It is the stance which we take when we believe that our relationships are mediated solely by cognitive information, resulting in detachment, solipsism, and objectification.

On the Epistemology of ‘Recognition’: Judith Butler, Raymond Geuss, and Jonathan Lear offer criticisms as is the standard practice for the Tanner Lecture series from which this book is published. We cannot question what already is, we can only analyze what can be.

Peterv rated it it was amazing Oct 20, If Honneth were to actually understand Marx, then his theory would have no footing whatsoever, because he would then have to explain reification, as a socio-structural phenomena as Lukacs himself did. In doing so, however, he must first extricate reification from its traditional interpretations in Marxist thought. However, Honneth goes one step further and asserts that anyone who operates outside of an awarenes s of the priority of recognition is somehow engaging in an improper praxis.

One of his core arguments is for the priority of intersubjective relationships of recognition in understanding social relations. VamanaBhava Ruse rated it really liked it Jun 15, Raymond Guess offers reflections on the philosophical anthropology that Honneth develops with his use of Dewey and Heidegger.

Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. By turning people into things, we forget ourselves. Sebastian rated it it was ok Sep 18, Jan 27, Reginald Simms rated it liked it. Now, perhaps Honneth is right and recognition always precedes cognition. So far so good?