Honneth and the communitarians: Towards a recognitive critical theory of community

Res Publica 9 (2):101-125 (2003)
Abstract
This paper attempts to sketch a critical model of political community by drawing upon recent contributions to the theory of ‘recognition’, particularly in the work of Axel Honneth. The paper proceeds by, first, delineating key features shared by a range of positions associated with ‘communitarianism’, along with the limitations and problems incurred by these commitments. The second part of the paper attempts to mobilise Honneth’s theoretical work to develop a conception of community that shares a number of the basic premisesvis-á-vis political life associated with communitarianism, but which nevertheless accommodates the reservations expressed by communitarianism’s liberal and radical critics.
Keywords communitarianism  community  critical theory  ethical life  intersubjectivity  liberalism  morality  recognition
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