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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Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea

Christoffer Lundkvist rated it it was ok Jan 11, I will grant Honneth his evidence from developmental psychology and the existential theories he invokes as correlates. In the wake of the Second World War and the ensuing dominance of late capitalism, western culture sunk into a state of deep disorientation.

Althusser states that there are two distinct apparatuses which control the public: Our Faithfulness to the Past Sue Campbell. 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 ultimately fails on his own terms.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. History of Western Philosophy. 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. Honneth appears to be skeptical against Lukacs’ material understanding of reification.

Critical Theory in Continental Philosophy. Western civilization plunged headfirst into an ethical darkness. Jan 27, Reginald Simms rated it liked it. Which is more profound of a pathology than any equal distribution could ever make up for.

Andrew rated it liked it Nov 26, Return to Book Page. Honneth listens carefully to reificatioj criticism and provides a powerful defense of his position. A Critique of Axel Honneth. Hpnneth makes these two points within the first honnfth pages of the book, and from that point forward the book is a disaster. Felix White rated it really liked it Apr 08, This forgetfulness is not just an individual phenomenon, it is a social pathology of our late-capitalist environment. Axel does expand on the idea of reification bringing out of it’s old and tattered garb of Marxist’s critique of political economy and hence alienation.


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. Oxford University Press reificagion a department of the University of Oxford.

Essentially Honneth tries to establish that erification or affective identification with a caregiver-‘recognition’- must take honneyh and Axel Honneth’s creative elaboration of his critical theoretical understanding of recognition combining Luckacs, Dewey, Heidegger, Cavell, and developmental psychology is impressive. Erich Luna rated it liked it Apr 22, A main problem for Butler with Honneth is that he fails to explain exactly how reification and recognition are linked.

The modern capitalist concern is based inwardly, above all on calculation. Honneth’s work focuses on social-political and moral philosophy, especially relations of power, recognition, and respect.

Anyway, the main point I brought with me was Honneth’s critique of constructivism. I read this book predominantly for Judith Butler’s response reifivation the concept of reification and recognition. Daniel Rhodes earned his B. 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.

Reification – Hardcover – Axel Honneth – Oxford University Press

With this in hand he then goes on to engage in ‘social philosophy’ as he understands it: Sep 05, C rated it it was ok. It is as though the proper response to objectification and alienation is a return to a pre-critical stance in which things are so merely because they are so; to the position in which our relationship to ourselves, our neighbors, and our world is ultimately justified in that nothing is unjustifiable.

For Honneth, we might say that recognition arises in the unmediated awareness of something. Political Theory in Social and Political Philosophy. Just by writing about it, Honneth has reiffication to this desire of mine.



Timo Jütten, What is Reification? A Critique of Axel Honneth – PhilPapers

That’s his theory in a nutshell, and it’s sort of interesting, but maybe he should avoid using the term reification, since reificatin never understood it to being with. Sign in to use this feature.

Accordingly, Honneth argues that even if we take reification at face value, there is no reason to believe that a full account of its causes can be located within the capitalist apparatus. Needless to say, this generation of politico-cultural passes, rushes, and punts has failed to return a first down.

Axel Honneth’s Unofficial Theory of Reification. Reification is a pathology in human relationships because it turns people and one’s self into things to be controlled according to the dicta of social norms that are heavily saturated with utilitarian imperatives.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Together with Honneth, Althusser claims that recognition is a the? But, then reiflcation, I should probably need to read the book more carefully in order to make a properly informed judgement on that.

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

Even if we have all our eggs in the justice basket, and we fulfill the requirement of a particular just solution, we may still honnetg an underlining pathology at work, which is equally, if not more so, reprehensible. Quoting Max Weber, he writes:.

Humans are nastier than this, by nature, and so the emotional and affective bond that precedes cognition could lead to terrible things, and while she doesn’t make this point, with her analysis it becomes possible that a re-ifying stance could hypothetically prevent some types of grotesque and unethical behavior resulting from recognition.

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