Anthropology, Social Theory and Politics. Axel Honneth's Theory of Recognition

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The article presents and discusses Axel Honneth's theory of recognition as a specific constellation, i.e. as a theoretical endeavour spanning over and interrelating positions in the fields of anthropology, social theory, and politics. As essential components in this constellation is discerned an anthropology of recognition, a social philosophy of different forms of recognition, a morality of recognition, a theory of democratic ethical life as a social ideal, and a notion of political democracy as an ambitious reflexive form of social cooperation. A tentative attempt is also made to elucidate the motivational history that underlies and animates Honneth's theoretical endeavour and accounts for its specific 'spirit'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-446
Journal Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)


  • anthropology of transcendence
  • constellation
  • motivational history
  • recognition
  • Axel Honneth
  • pluralistic ethics
  • sociologi
  • sociology


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