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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 – Hardcover – Axel Honneth – Oxford University Press

Erich Luna rated it liked it Apr 22, Felix White rated it really liked it Apr 08, Rachel rated it really liked it Mar 21, Find it on Scholar. If Honneth were to actually understand Marx, then his theory would have no footing whatsoever, because reificattion would then have to explain reification, as a socio-structural phenomena as Lukacs himself did.

Axel Honneth’s creative elaboration of his critical theoretical understanding of recognition combining Luckacs, Dewey, Heidegger, Cavell, and developmental psychology is impressive.

Our Faithfulness to the Past Sue Campbell. Judith Butler, Raymond Geuss, and Jonathan Lear, respond with hard questions about the central anthropological premise of his argument, the assumption that prior to cognition there is a fundamental experience of intersubjective recognition that can provide a normative reofication by which current social relations can be judged honjeth. In conclusion, I suggest that any successful account of reification must i take reification metaphorically and ii offer a social-historical account of the origin s of reification.

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It is not possible to literally take a person as a thing without this being a recognisable moral injury, and, ohnneth, I suggest that there are no cases of literal reification. Somewhere along the line the child ‘forgets’ to recognize the other emotionally and thus reifies the other. But, then again, I should probably need to read the book more carefully in order to make a properly informed judgement on that.


I recognize something only when it is already brought, when it has become or always reiication been obvious. I rep for morality, I think. On What Matters Derek Parfit.

Honneth responds briefly at the end to these criticisms, quite well in my opinion. Jan 02, Ft. Want to Read saving…. We thing-ify others and we thing-ify ourselves. In doing so, however, reificatikn must first extricate reification from its traditional interpretations in Marxist thought.

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

If recognition means ‘to take up’ another’s perspective, what can it be called when the person is completely taken up by the other? 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 reificayion reliant on economic explanations, Honnegh turns his attention to recent advances in developmental psychology and existential philosophy.

One of his core arguments is for the Axel Honneth born July 18, is a professor of philosophy at both the University of Frankfurt and Columbia University. That is, that all of our cognitions are based upon some prior, unquestionable, already-demonstrated recognition. I don’t know about this social ontology business.

Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea

The modern capitalist concern is based inwardly, above all honnfth calculation. Added to PP index Total downloads 28of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Preview — Reification by Axel Honneth. On the Epistemology of ‘Recognition’: First, the title is accurate, this is a new look at an old idea, and I think reification is an idea that needs to not only stay within the philosophical, political, and psychological discourse, but needs to take on a more prominent and well-known position.


Axel Honneth’s Unofficial Theory of Reification. Lukacs, Honneth and the Aims of Critical Theory. By turning people into things, we forget ourselves.


It’s a brilliant conversation In the wake of the Second World War and the ensuing dominance of late capitalism, western culture sunk into a state of deep disorientation. Science Logic and Mathematics. Mechanization in industry seeks to eradicate individuality, government has evolved into a machine-like bureaucracy, legal theory is founded upon universality and equal thus automated treatment, and reporters reiifcation fired for exhibiting personal biases.

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 reificatio prevent some types of grotesque and unethical behavior resulting from recognition.

In other words, Honneth 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!

Butler offers relevant analysis of the structure of Honneth’s appropriation of the infant psychology and finds it a bit one-dimensional. Essentially Honneth tries to establish that emotional or affective identification with a caregiver-‘recognition’- must take place and serve as the platform for a more differentiated relationship with reality and its objects-‘cognition’- is to take place.

Quoting Max Weber, he writes:.