Politicizing Honneth's Ethics of Recognition

Jean Philippe Deranty, Emmanuel Renault

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This article argues that Axel Honneth's ethics of recognition offers a robust model for a renewed critical theory of society, provided that it does not shy away from its political dimensions. First, the ethics of recognition needs to clarify its political moment at the conceptual level to remain conceptually sustainable. This requires a clarification of the notion of identity in relation to the three spheres of recognition, and a clarification of its exact place in a politics of recognition. We suggest that a return to Hegel's mature theory of subjectivity helps specify the relationship between the normative demand for autonomous identity and its realization in and through politics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-111
Number of pages20
JournalThesis Eleven
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • experience of injustice
  • Honneth
  • identity
  • politics
  • struggle for recognition


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