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Recognition and Freedom

Axel Honneth’s Political Thought


Recognition and Freedom brings together leading international scholars to discuss the political thought of the social philosopher Axel Honneth. In addition to providing an introduction to Honneth’s political thought, the book examines topics such as education, solidarity, multiculturalism, agonism, neo-liberalism and the ways in which these issues challenge core aspects of liberal democracies. The book includes an interview with Axel Honneth in the light of his most recent work, Freedom’s Right, as well as an essay by him previously unpublished in English.
Publication Date:
27 January 2015

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    Odin Lysaker holds a PhD in Philosophy and is Associate Professor at the University of Agder, Norway. He has published particularly in ethics and political philosophy, including Humanity in Times of Crisis: Hannah Arendt’s Political Existentialism (in Guttorm Fløistad (ed.), Philosophy of Justice, Springer, 2014). Jonas Jakobsen is Assistant professor of Philosophy at the University of Tromsø, Norway. He has published several articles on social and political philosophy, including Education, Recognition, and the Sami People of Norway (in Niedrig & Ydesen: Writing Postcolonial Histories of Intercultural Education, Peter Lang, 2011).
    Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction Recognition and Freedom in Axel Honneth’s Political Thought Odin Lysaker and Jonas Jakobsen 1.Education and the Democratic Public Sphere: A Neglected Chapter of Political Philosophy Axel Honneth 2.Recognition, Education, and Civic Equality: Uncovering the Normative Ideals of the Welfare State Simon Laumann Jørgensen 3.Recognition, Solidarity, and the Politics of Esteem: Basic Income as a Test Case Arto Laitinen 4.Sociality, Anti-Sociality, and Social Work: Political Imagination in a Social Democratic Welfare State in Decline Heikki Ikäheimo 5.Dimensions of Freedom: Axel Honneth’s Critique of Liberalism Morten Raffnsøe-Møller 6.Surplus of Indeterminacy: A Hegelian Critique of Neoliberalism Arne Johan Vetlesen 7.Democratic Disagreement and Embodied Dignity: The Moral Grammar of Political Conflicts Odin Lysaker 8.Contextualising Religious Pain: Saba Mahmood, Axel Honneth, and the Danish Cartoons Jonas Jakobsen 9.Inquiries into Identity: The Struggle for Recognition in Erik Allardt’s Study of Ethnic Conflicts Arvi-Antti Särkelä 10.Ultimate Values and Immanent Critique: On Axel Honneth’s Das Recht der Freiheit and Gunnar Myrdal’s An American Dilemma Carl-Göran Heidegren 11.Writing History from a Normative Point of View: The Reconstructive Method in Axel Honneth’s Das Recht der Freiheit Jørgen Pedersen 12.Freedom, Solidarity, and Democracy: An Interview with Axel Honneth Morten Raffnsøe-Møller Index
    All interested social and political philosophy, Critical Theory and the work of Axel Honneth

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    Jack C. Weinstein Professor of the Humanities | Columbia University

    Professor Honneth is Jack C. Weinstein Professor for the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University; Director of the Institute for Social Research, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (since 2001); and C4-Professor of Social Philosophy, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (since 1996).

    From 1992 to 1996, Professor Honneth was C4-Professor of Political Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin; from 1991 to 1992 he was C3-Professor of Philosophy, University of Konstanz.  From 1983 to 1989 he was „Hochschulassistent“ (scientific assistant) to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Habermas, Dept. of Philosophy, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/M.; from 1982 to 1983 he had a Research Grant with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Habermas, Max-Planck-Institute for Social Sciences, Starnberg.   From 1977 to 1982 he was Wissenschaftlicher Assistent (scientific assistant), Institute of Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin.

    Professor Honneth studied Philosophy, Sociology, and German Literature at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and Ruhr-Universität Bochum from 1969-1974, earning his M.A. in Philosophy in 1974.   His postgraduate studes were at Freie Universität Berlin from 1974-1976.    His Dissertation (thesis), at Freie Universität Berlin in 1982 was entitled „Kritik der Macht. Foucault und die Kritische Theorie“.  Professor Honneth’s Habilitation (postdoctoral thesis and postdoctoral lecturing qualification) was in 1990 at the Department of Philosophy, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, entitled „Kampf um Anerkennung“.

    In November 2015, Professor Honneth received the Ernst Bloch-Preis from the City of Ludwigshafen (Germany) (please see the Suhrkamp Verlag announcement).

    In April 2016, Professor Honneth received the Bruno-Kreisky Prize from the Karl-Renner Stiftung in Vienna.

    In June 2016, Professor Honneth was awarded the Ulysses Medal, University College Dublin’s highest honour, for his lifetime contribution to social philosophy and critical theory.

    Areas of Specialization: 

    Social and Political Philosophy; Ethics; Social Theory

    Authored Books: 

    The I in the We, Polity Press (forthcoming)

    Das Recht der Freiheit
    , Suhrkamp Verlag, 2011

    The Pathologies of Individual Freedom: Hegel`s Social Theory
    , Princeton University Press, 2010

    Pathologies of Reason: On the Legacy of Critical Theory
    , Columbia University Press, 2009

    Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea
    , Oxford University Press, 2008

    Disrespect: The Normative Foundations of Critical Theory
    , Polity Press, 2007

    Redistribution or Recognition?:  A Political– Philosophical Exchange
    , co-authored with Nancy Fraser, Verso Press, 2003

    The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts
    , MIT Press 1996

    The Fragmented World of the Social: Essays in Social and Political Philosophy
    , State University of New York Press 1995

    The Critique of Power: Reflective Stages in a Critical Social Theory
    , MIT Press 1991

    Social Action and Human Nature
    , co-authored with Hans Joas, Cambridge University Press, 1988

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