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Gabriel Rockhill and Alfredo Gomez-Muller

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151870

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151870.001.0001

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The Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and the Theory of Recognition

The Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and the Theory of Recognition

Dialogue with Olivier Voirol

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(p.165) 9 The Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and the Theory of Recognition
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Politics of Culture and the Spirit of Critique
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Axel Honneth

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231151870.003.0010

This chapter presents a dialogue with Axel Honneth, professor of philosophy at the Frankfurt School and director of the Institute for Social Research, regarding the status of Critical Theory as a tradition of thought. Honneth attempts to develop a normative foundation for a theory of society, based on his belief that early Critical Theory possessed a flawed sociology. He agrees with many of Habermas' reformulations of Critical Theory except the Habermasian pragmatics of language, opting instead for a theory of recognition. Honneth's discussion further includes the relationship of his theories with French social philosophy, the question of instrumental reason, the reformulation of the Habermasian theory of the public, and his idea of developing a tradition of social philosophy concerned with distinguishing social pathologies.

Keywords:   Axel Honneth, Critical Theory, Jurgen Habermas, theory of society, theory of recognition, French social philosophy, instrumental reason, theory of the public, social pathologies

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