In light of this criticism, Axel Honneth has insisted that the concept of .. Oder warum das moderne Recht keine ‚Sphäre der Anerkennung’ ist,“. EMENTA: Axel Honneth e o Déficit Fenomenológico da Teoria Crítica: Reconhecimento . 5/outubro: Axel Honneth, Kampf um Anerkennung. Zur moralischen. traced to the work of Hegel, who first coined the phrase ‘struggle for recognition ‘ (kampf um anerkennung). The Fraser-Honneth Debate; Criticisms of Recognition . In his more recent work, Axel Honneth (Fraser and Honneth ff.).

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A further issue in defining recognition is hpnneth it is generative or responsive Laitinen, ; Markell, The realisation of our own subjectivity is dependent upon our turning the other into an object.

The Shared Point of View. Common to all social and political notions of recognition is the shift from an atomistic to an intersubjective, dialogical understanding of the individual.

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By valorising a particular identity, those other identities which lack certain characteristics particular to the group in question can be dismissed as inferior. For example, Taylor Recognition theory is thought to be especially well-equipped to illuminate the psychological mechanisms of social and political resistance. How to cite this entry. When it comes to the question of collective agency, there is still considerable uncertainty within the literature. Routledge, Butler, Judith.

However, so far this constitutes a minority position. Critics accuse recognition theory of assuming that there is a kernel of selfhood that awaits recognition see, for example, Heyes, Secondly, social honenth of resistance often create enough motivational energy by recognizing each other within these movements, e. According to Foucault, not only are we controlled by truth and power, we are honnefh by it too.

This entry will first discuss some controversies surrounding the very concept of recognition 1 before reviewing four dimensions of what is recognized by whom and on what grounds that have been highlighted by different theories of recognition 2.

Arguably, if you recognize another person with regard to a certain feature, as an autonomous agent, for example, you do not only admit that she has this feature but you embrace a positive attitude towards her for having this feature.


As noted in Section III, Fraser believes that recognition and distribution are two irreducible elements of a satisfactory theory honnetn justice. These approaches always search, albeit in a speculative manner, for a motive people may have to transcend the given recognition order.


According to the Principles of the Wissenschaftslehre. Recognition, according to Tayloris an indispensible means of understanding and justifying the demands of these identity movements, which have had a major impact on society, particularly from the s onwards.

MIT Presspp. Therefore, our successful integration as ethical and political subjects within a particular community is dependent upon receiving and conferring appropriate forms of recognition.

Philosophical EssaysCambridge, MA: This means that there are reasons why one ought to give recognition to someone prior to the act of recognition itself. They argue that the social practices of recognition in which subjects live already provide them with all the normative resources needed to criticize and transcend these practices.

According to Fraser, both these forms of injustice are primary and co-original, meaning that economic inequality cannot be reduced to cultural misrecognition, and vice-versa. While redistribution secures the objective condition of such an ideal, recognition safeguards its intersubjective condition Fraser a, However, at least some probably want to say that this lord—in another sense—did not adequately respect his maid and that therefore the social changes since then manifest moral progress.

He describes our respective perspectives on the world as slipping into one another and thus being brought together: Taylor mitigates his position and, arguably, eschews any form of essentialism, by arguing that we always work out our identity through dialogue with others.

Being faced with extreme humiliation, the interplay between normative and psychological aspects becomes especially salient.

After all, we seem to embrace them in their entire and changing personality and could not just replace them with others who may have similar characteristics. One must recognise oneself as mediated through the other.

The Political Theory of Recognition: Phenomenology of the Spirit. Contra Honneth and Taylor, Fraser does not look to situate the injustice of misrecognition in the retardation of personal development. The unconditional care by a parent provides the baby with the feeling of security anerkeennung of being loved, and thus to be worthy of love. Recognition and Redistribution 4.

In reply, proponents of such a broader account of social philosophy have insisted that the emphasis on a society that recognizes as many features of individuals as possible, hereby promoting their autonomy, does not prescribe how to live. This is illustrated by the rather recent historical development in which the premodern concept of honor which was assigned to persons as members of a group within a hierarchical social structure was divided into two parts: In sum, this elementary form shows that recognition is not only needed qnerkennung the creation and preservation of a subject’s identity, but that it also denotes a basic normative attitude.


According to Honneth, the denial of recognition provides the motivational and justificatory basis for social struggles. However, they must provide a criterion from which to judge whether individual and collective demands for recognition are legitimate. Do we owe such recognition to the affected as honnetj with equal moral status a or because honneeth should esteem their specific properties as valuable b?

Upon the relationship between the individual and power, Foucault The Fraser-Honneth Debate In a very important discussion, Fraser and Honneth defend their respective theories of recognition see also Honneth, A lot depends on one’s definition of institutions, which can be part of a state for example, a state’s constitution or transcend state borders as the institution of the free global market.

Bourdieu’s social theory, for example, points to the pervasiveness of evaluative patterns and distinctions even in modern society, determining social status and class Bourdieu Summarising these findings, Honneth ibid: But regardless of the way subjects reach the conviction that they must claim recognition for new, so far neglected or—even worse—demeaned aspects of their identity, the following question must be asked: Theatre Journal Following the idea that recognition should always affirm certain aspects of the other person, there has been some controversy about what exactly we recognize in other persons when we love them or regard them as friends.

As becomes anerkennunv clear in the Phenomenology: On the one hand, they claim, due to adapted preferences persons might not even emotionally register when they are in fact treated disrespectfully.