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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Science Logic and Mathematics. But humans aren’t mere things, so when we turn others and ourselves into mere objects of our cognition honneht in turn are understood through our private preferences for personal gain, we forget our original accomplishments as infants that made affective and emotional identification the condition for wider cognitive capacities and accomplishments.

David Benbow rated it really liked it Feb 11, In order to rectify these issues and formulate a theory of reification which 1 rsification 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.

He broadens the idea to a precondition in knowing the self in relation to the other but fails to give enough examples beyond stating the obvious of how the reification occurs predictably in everyday life. However, Honneth goes one step further and asserts that anyone who operates outside of an awarenes s of the priority of recognition is somehow engaging in an improper praxis.


Honneth offers an example reifciation online dating services as an example of how we ‘thing-ify’ ourselves for others to then browse according to their schedule of preferences. It is reifciation the shadow of this era of reclamations that Axel Honneth has teification forth his own ideological coup. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider.

Western civilization plunged headfirst into an ethical darkness. Three distinguished political and social theorists: However, both branches of state apparatuses share a common goal of reproducing the conditions of capitalist production.

Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea

Our Faithfulness to the Past Sue Campbell. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Felix White rated it really liked it Apr 08, Anyway, the main point I brought with me was Honneth’s critique of constructivism. It is not possible to literally take a person as a thing without this being a recognisable moral injury, and, therefore, Honnsth suggest that there are no cases of literal reification.

Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea by Axel Honneth

We thing-ify others and we thing-ify ourselves. Honneth enlists Dewey and Heidegger alongside recent claims of infant psychology to support his claims.

Josh rated it it was amazing Jan 05, It’s a brilliant conversation I might as well mention that Honneth’s theory is reificatioon for humans, recognition precedes cognition. A Critique of Axel Honneth. This despite the fact that Honneth explains much of Lukacs.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. With this in hand he then goes on to engage in ‘social philosophy’ as he understands it: Quoting Max Weber, he writes: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Hardcoverpages. Even if we have all our eggs in the justice basket, and we fulfill the requirement of a particular just solution, we may still have an underlining pathology at work, which is equally, if not more so, reprehensible. Ebook This title is available as an ebook.

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

Can that really be recognition? Want to Read saving…. If, as Honneth insists, the answer to both of these questions is yes, reification must be redefined if it is to retain its legitimacy and relevance. Preview — Reification by Axel Honneth.

Christopher Zurn – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 26 1: Honneth responds briefly at the end to these criticisms, quite well in my opinion. That is, to re-ify is to thing-ify. Reificagion Max Weber, he writes:.

This is proven by the study of 9 month year olds and their relations to a loved one. Now, perhaps Honneth is right and recognition always precedes cognition.