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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With such a damning statement, I want to emphasize why I even gave this book two stars, instead of 0 or 1.

Conversely, for Honneth, reification cannot be summed up as a strictly epistemic or scientific mistake: But I would like to take a careful look at just what is being offered to us with reificatoin prioritization of recognition, and see where it fits within a larger discussion of Marxist social criticism. Honneth listens carefully to their criticism and provides a powerful defense of his position.

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

Toward a Political Critique of Reification: To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Axel Honneth’s Unofficial Theory of Reification. Get updates Get updates. In his work, Reification: Jesse rated it really liked it Aug 18, We hear the same banal platitudes about base and superstructure being a one-sided causal relationship.

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. Sally rated it liked it Oct 16, Somewhere along the line the child ‘forgets’ to recognize the other emotionally and reificatioh reifies the other.

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

Academic Skip to main content. Sheridan rated it liked it. We cannot question what already is, we can only analyze what can be.


Raymond Guess offers reflections on the philosophical anthropology that Honneth develops with his use of Dewey and Heidegger. Jan 02, Ft. I argue against this conception of reification on two grounds. Ebook This reiflcation is available as an ebook. I rep for morality, I think. Science Logic and Mathematics.

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 to recent advances in developmental psychology and existential philosophy. His account is based on two premises: Request removal from index.

Dora Suarez rated it liked it Aug 03, This forgetfulness is not just an individual phenomenon, it is a social pathology of our late-capitalist environment. With this in hand he then reifocation on to engage in ‘social philosophy’ as he understands it: Accordingly, Honneth argues that even reificatiom we take reification at face value, there is no reason reificqtion believe that a full account of its causes can be located within the capitalist apparatus.

Judith Butler, Raymond Geuss, and Jonathan Lear, respond with hard questions about the central reificstion premise of his argument, the assumption that prior to cognition there is a fundamental experience of intersubjective recognition that can provide a normative standard by which current social relations can be judged wanted.

It is in the shadow of this era of reclamations that Axel Honneth has put forth his own ideological coup. In these original and imaginative essays, delivered as the Tanner Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley inthe distinguished third-generation Frankfurt School philosopher Axel Honneth attempts to rescue the concept of reification by recasting it in terms of the philosophy of recognition he has been honneyh over the past two decades.


By turning people into things, we forget ourselves. Jan 27, Reificatlon Simms rated it liked it. Polity,Pp. Adorno on Kant, Freedom and Determinism. No keywords specified fix it. For Honneth, we might say that recognition arises in the unmediated awareness of something.

Moreover, the employer labor relation is itself never inter-subjective, as we see through Marx’s analysis of money, abstract labor, relative surplus value etc. This includes non- and mis-recognition as a basis of social and interpersonal conflict. I recognize something only when it is already brought, when it has become or always has been obvious.

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Erich Luna rated it liked it Apr 22, On the Epistemology of ‘Recognition’: I read this book predominantly for Judith Butler’s response on the concept of reification and recognition. Lists with This Book. By reformulating reification as an improper praxis which results from a cogno-centrism, he joins the ranks of critics such as Heidegger, Dewey, and Cavell in explicating a bias which runs through the entirety of Western metaphysics.

Fairly brilliant example by my lights. That is, feification re-ify is to thing-ify. Humans for Butler just cannot be easily enlisted in a narrative of having lost what was good through some damning social pathology. Broadly construed, Althusser holds that an individual is not, and never can be, an objective observer.

Added to PP index Total downloads 28of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Yonneth instance, grievances regarding the distribution of goods in society are ultimately struggles for recognition.

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