Philosophy and Social Criticism 36 (5):587-606 (2010)
This article engages Axel Honneth’s recent work on Georg Lukács’ concept of reification in order to formulate a politically relevant and historically specific critique of capitalism that is applicable to theorizing contemporary democratic practice. I argue that Honneth’s attempt to reorient the critique of reification within the terms of a theory of recognition has done so at the cost of sacrificing the core of the concept, which forged a connection between the socio-political analysis of capitalist domination and an analysis of the unengaged, spectatorial stance of human beings toward the world, showing how they together impede emancipatory social transformation. In order to accomplish the unfinished task of rendering the critique of reification applicable to contemporary critical theory, I seek to synthesize the advantages of Honneth’s approach, which focuses on the normative aspects of the critique of reification, with Lukács’ emphasis on the practical, political-economic dimensions of reification and the historically specific pathologies of the capitalist social form
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Recognition, Reification, and Practices of Forgetting: Ethical Implications of Human Resource Management. [REVIEW]Gazi Islam - 2012 - Journal of Business Ethics 111 (1):37-48.
Similar books and articles
Injustice, Violence and Social Struggle. The Critical Potential of Axel Honneth's Theory of Recognition.Jean-Philippe Deranty - 2004 - Critical Horizons 5 (1):297-322.
Scientific Knowledge and Political Action: On the Antinomies of Lukács' Thought in "History and Class Consciousness".Guido Starosta - 2003 - Science and Society 67 (1):39 - 67.
Reification and Hegemony : The Politics of Culture in the Writings of Georg Lukács and Antonio Gramsci, 1918-1938.James Robinson - unknown
Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea (Tanner Lectures).Axel Honneth - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
La réification. Petit traité de Théorie critique Axel Honneth Paris, Gallimard, 2007, 147 p.Frédérick Guillaume Dufour - 2007 - Dialogue 46 (04):805-.
Added to index2010-07-27
Total downloads55 ( #94,005 of 2,158,004 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #136,617 of 2,158,004 )
How can I increase my downloads?