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Axel Honneth will study the long-run social consequences of the ongoing dissolution of the integrative force of contract-based work. His project will be partly. In Freedom’s Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life (), Axel Honneth, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt and at Columbia. Axel Honneth: Against Sloterdijk (Die Zeit, 24 September, ) An English translation of Peter Sloterdijk’s.

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Once again, the methodological flippancy he proceeds with in the book is breath-taking; a mere backwards glance at ohnneth Greek and Roman psychology is supposed to suffice to fit us out with the necessary equipment for a complete diagnosis of the contemporary world.

In a matter of years, a cocoon of admiration, fascination and mischievous sympathy had formed around the writings of the author. As The Critique of Reificackn Reason seemed to signal, a true free spirit had here stepped on to the intellectual stage again at last, someone who, with the lonely resolve and radicalism of a Nietzsche, took issue with all the habits of thought that had long ago given our era an almost unbearable sloppiness.

In the Philosophy of RightHegel sought to identify the moral principles that he believed could be found underlying his contemporary society, and which represented a particular stage in the world-historical development of reason. At last somebody had honnteh us a first impression of the true forces slumbering in the depths of historical conflicts.

Axel Honneth

On the psychological picture of the ancient Greeks Sloterdijk wants to inform us without so much as a passing reference to modern research or scientific literature human beings are gripped by a striving for success, prestige and self-respect at least as strongly as they are by sexual desire; these thymotic powers, which in modernity have been ignored with the exception of a few great thinkers and which were finally banished from the realm of self-knowledge by psychoanalysis, supposedly supply the actual material of all political conflict, since in the end its the collective reconquest of pride and honour that political conflict is about.

It was that equating an intra-national moral code structured around the values of national honour and solidarity with the moral universalism of internationalism is to overlook the very different intentions behind their respective calls for equality.

And Honneth claims not just that there are shared ideals holding the modern world together, but that there is only one such ideal — freedom — which holds the entire fabric of social life together. He wants to get at something more important, something that shakes our contemporary sense of ourselves to its foundations.

First, every society is governed by a set of moral principles that holds it together. On the contrary, they form different stages in the development of social ethics. Axel Honneth, Patologas de la razn fragmento Documents. You might recall that it was a Social Democrat, not a Liberal local council that recently sought to adorn itself with the help of a lecture by this very author. Honneth’s work focuses on social-political and moral philosophy, especially relations of power, recognition, and respect.


A small historical reminder suffices to see that the claims Sloterdijk develops here are plain nonsense; what we honheth to thank for them is a mixture of historical ignorance and theoretical chutzpah. Why, though, should things go so much better for those whom nothing but fortunate circumstances had put in the position to multiply their riches than for the classes whose members contributed on a daily basis to reififacin rise of national income through productive labour?

Unfortunately, he does not meet many of these challenges any better than Hegel did. A principled scepticism about all the achievements of social modernity separated him from the advocates of extending the economy into all corners of life; a proud refusal to take the side of the weak and disadvantaged distinguished him from the hesitant objections of the critics of capitalism.

Continental philosophyFrankfurt School. In advancing a Hegelian understanding of society, Honneth must confront all hnoneth the challenges that confronted Hegel himself.

Axel Honneth Against Sloterdijk

In this milieu, which included the editorial desks of broadsheet newspapers, the cafeterias of banks, architecture offices and advertising agencies, there was agreement on one thing alone that the welfare mentality of the social democratic age sxel be brought to a decisive end.

With the courage of a true free thinker, he now essays the means axfl which the historical victors, the wealthy, could put an end to the cruel game that brings all their successes into ever greater disrepute. In principle, Honneth admits, there could be different principles at work in different spheres of social life.

The speculations of Sloterdijk that Ive gone over so far obviously only represent philosophical warm-up exercises for the political blow that he was finally ready with in the FAZ of June Retrieved from ” https: He recognized, for example, just how ugly history could be: Rather, diversity requires society to have values that binds it together: Reconocimiento y Reificacin, Axel Honneth Documents.

Now he was free to cast a sort of intuitive glance into the essence of existence. Honneth proceeds to identify three distinct understandings of freedom: To repeat, no ressentiment, no envy and no lust for power was needed to motivate the members of the lower classes to fight for an economic redistribution from the upper to the lower social reaches.

Regardless of the answer to that question, Honneth does seem to be doing it well. Admittedly their contempt was directed less towards the needy classes themselves and much more towards the latters intellectual representatives, who, in the old West German republic, had been presumptuous enough to put themselves forward as political spokesmen for a general redistribution.


The liberating chuckle that you might react to such war sloganeering with on account of its breath-taking flippancy and sheer nuttiness has to be counterbalanced with the thought that were talking about the pronouncements of an intellectual much loved by the media, much respected politically within the public domain and richly rewarded within academe.

On the other hand, she cannot dismiss too many features of society as mere accidental deviations from its coherent set of moral principles. If the social democratic state is going to operate purely as the lower classes instrument of envy and demand ever more by way of tax, if, as in recent decades, it has indeed developed into a money-grubbing, money-blowing monster, then, according to Sloterdijk, its time to rouse the members of the exploited elite to overcome the self-contempt they have been condemned to feel.

Axel Honneth | Department of Philosophy

Hegel ‘s early social philosophical works, but is supplemented by George Herbert Mead ‘s social psychology, Habermas ‘ communicative ethics, and Donald Winnicott ‘s object relation theory.

Honneth’s critical adaptation of these is the basis of his critical social theory, which attempts to remedy the deficits of previous approaches. To rid themselves of the shame of this subordination, the moral values of self-limitation and equal treatment are brought into the world from below.

The representatives of this new class didnt have too long to wait soon a writer came out to meet them who had the right prescription for all their anxieties and hopes in his hand.

For those readers who feel they need something to go by in English from the object of Honneth’s attack, a translation of a similar argument by Sloterdijk can be found here. It certainly represents the state of the art in the field. You can read four articles free per month. Since then a string of essays, books and speeches have issued form his fertile mind year by year; if they arent all read by that stratum of his devotees, nonetheless theyre surely leafed through.

Where Sloterdijks intellectual calculations fell flat because he had done violence to morally well-founded principles, he was quick to shoot off further argumentative smoke grenades; their effect was that the atrocity ended up shrouded in further darkness, taking on the grandiose status of previously unthinkable thoughts.

A tone of militant anti-conformism meant however that reificqcin was met from many sides with reverence and admiration.