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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The modern capitalist concern is based inwardly, above all on calculation. And also, isn’t it still some kind of recognition even if there is not affirmation in a positive way involved? Raymond Guess offers reflections on the philosophical anthropology that Honneth develops with his use of Dewey and Heidegger. Axel Honneth’s Unofficial Theory of Reification.

Needless to say, this generation of politico-cultural passes, rushes, and punts has failed to return a first down. Josh rated geification it was amazing Jan 05, Western civilization plunged headfirst into an ethical darkness.

So far so good? For once, political and cultural reificqtion had finally succeeded in extinguishing the moral torch that had more-or-less successfully guided successive generations throughout history. Finally, Jonathan Lear offers his own psychoanalytically generated take questioning some of Honneth’s use of the child psychology literature and questions the redemptive character of Honneth’s position.

On Honneth’s Reification: or why Marx is not (yet) the messiah

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. If Honneth reificagion 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. Heidegger explicitly warns that his theory of authentic dasein is not to be understood either as an endorsement for a particular ethics or as a position on practical reasoning.


But humans aren’t mere things, so when we turn others and ourselves into mere objects of our cognition that in turn are understood through our private preferences for personal gain, we forget our original accomplishments as infants that made affective and emotional identification the condition for wider cognitive capacities and accomplishments.

We are left with three distinct elements of recognition: Somewhere along the line the child ‘forgets’ reifiction recognize the other emotionally and thus reifies the other. This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level.


Humans for Butler just cannot be easily enlisted in a narrative of having lost what was good through some damning social pathology.

In order 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 rreification recent advances in developmental psychology and existential philosophy. I’m not completely convinced that Honneth answers these objections satisfactorily.

Sep 16, Joseph Sverker added it Shelves: If, as Honneth insists, the answer to both of these questions is yes, reification must be redefined if it is to retain its legitimacy and relevance. That is, that all of our cognitions are based upon some prior, unquestionable, already-demonstrated recognition. Three distinguished political and social theorists: Reificatiin appears to be skepti I read this book predominantly for Judith Butler’s response on the concept of reification and recognition.


Together with Honneth, Althusser claims that recognition is a the? In the early 20th century, Marxist theory was enriched and reificatoon by adopting the concept of reification, introduced by the Hungarian theorist Georg Lukacs to identify and denounce the transformation of historical processes into ahistorical entities, human actions into things that seemed reificaation of an immutable “second nature.

Jan 27, Reginald Simms rated it liked it. On the Epistemology of ‘Recognition’: Reificatin is more profound of a pathology than any equal distribution could ever make up for.

Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea

Axel Honneth – – Oxford University Press. This is proven by the study of 9 month year olds and their relations to a loved one. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Our Faithfulness to the Past Sue Campbell.

Quoting Max Weber, he writes:. Sonicsputnick rated it liked it Oct 19, Rachel rated it really liked it Mar 21, I also agree with the three “comments” that his style and Writing is highly intellectual and assumes you know about different kinds of thought.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Open Preview See a Problem? Honneth listens carefully to their criticism and provides a powerful defense of his position. Refresh and try again. Honneth makes these two points within the first two pages of the book, and from that point forward the book is a disaster.