Recognition: Conceptualization and Context

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Honneth's theory of recognition has become most influential in social philosophy as well as in sociology. In this article the explanatory power of the concept of recognition is examined. There are three major problems with Honneths conceptualization of recognition as the core principle of social interactions and modern institutions: Firstly, whether intimate relations are really normatively to be understood as governed by mutual and symmetrical recognition has been questioned. Secondly, the theory oscillates between empirical backing and ideal construction. And thirdly, the dimension of self respect as a result of poietic action and not merely of intersubjective relations is underrated by Honneth.
Translated title of the contributionAnerkendelse - Begrebet og kontekst
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConcepts in Action : Conceptual Constructionism
EditorsHåkon Leiulfsrud, Peter Sohlberg
Number of pages17
Place of PublicationLeiden
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9789004314191
ISBN (Electronic)9789004314207
Publication statusPublished - 2017
SeriesStudies in Critical Social Sciences


  • recognition
  • Honneth
  • social philosophy
  • Poiesis

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