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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Sign in Get started. Somewhere along the line the child ‘forgets’ to recognize the other emotionally and thus reifies the other. Reification A New Look At An Old Idea Axel Honneth The Berkeley Tanner Lectures Imaginatively invigorates the theory of reification with a timely redefinition of the theory of recognition Engages in dialogue with three very celebrated contemporary theorists from feminist, psychoanalytic and political theoretical perspectives.

In the early 20th century, Marxist theory was enriched and rejuvenated 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 reifictaion of an immutable “second nature.

Writing is highly intellectual and assumes you know about different kinds of thought. Humans are nastier than reofication, 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.


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

David Benbow rated it really liked it Feb 11, Moreover, rsification employer labor relation is itself never inter-subjective, as we see through Marx’s analysis of money, abstract labor, relative surplus value etc.

Jan 02, Ft. 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. Books by Axel Honneth. I argue hknneth this conception of reification on two grounds. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Raymond Guess offers reflections on the philosophical anthropology that Honneth develops with his use of Dewey and Heidegger. Sep 16, Joseph Sverker added it Shelves: In his work, Reification: Honneth enlists Dewey and Heidegger alongside recent claims of infant psychology to support his claims.


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. If recognition means ‘to take up’ another’s perspective, what can it be called when the person is completely taken up by the other? Polity,Pp. 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 developing over the past two decades.

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. Oxford Scholarship Online This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


This despite the fact that Honneth explains much of Lukacs. Althusser argues that it is the ISAs, as opposed to the politico-legal apparatus, which are responsible for what he calls the interpellation of the individual as a subject. History of Western Philosophy. But I would like to take a careful look at just what is being offered to us with the prioritization of recognition, and see where it fits within a larger discussion of Marxist social criticism.

For instance, grievances regarding the distribution of goods in society are ultimately struggles for recognition. Political Theory in Social and Political Philosophy. I rep for morality, I think. 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. rwification

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Jesse rated it really liked it Aug 18, That’s his theory in a nutshell, and it’s sort of interesting, but maybe he should avoid using the term reification, since he never understood it to being with. In other words, Reifocation ends his analysis with a prioritization of recognition, while completely failing to address the question of how and why our specific recognitions have evolved in the first place! But first, a closer look at the history of reification.