Critical Horizons 16 (2):107-130 (2015)

Authors
Jörg Schaub
University of Essex
Abstract
In this article I argue that the method of normative reconstruction that is underlying Freedom’s Right undermines Critical Theory’s aspiration to be a force that is unreservedly critical and progressive. I start out by giving a brief account of the four premises of the method of normative reconstruction and unpack their implications for how Honneth conceptualizes social pathologies and misdevelopments, specifically that these notions are no longer linked to radical critique and normative revolution. In the second part, I demonstrate that abandoning forms of radical critique and normative revolution is internally linked to adopting this method, before arguing that Freedom’s Right entails no resources to account for why abandoning them does not amount to a deficiency. In the final part, I point out two problematic implications of turning away from radical critique and normative revolution for the very project Honneth pursues in Freedom’s Right. I show that Honneth’s own view about the limited scope of application of the method of normative reconstruction and his account of the dangers associated with social misdevelopments give us reasons to consider this method to be incomplete. Finally, I contend that the explanatory power of Freedom’s Right is dubious because methodological premises that form part of normative reconstruction lead Honneth to ignore relevant alternative explanations of processes of deviation and disassociation from norms of social freedom, which he characterizes as social misdevelopments
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1179/1440991715z.00000000043
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 58,880
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Philosophy and Real Politics.Raymond Geuss - 2008 - Princeton University Press.
Honneth on Social Pathologies: A Critique.Fabian Freyenhagen - 2015 - Critical Horizons 16 (2):131-152.
Is the Market a Sphere of Social Freedom?Timo Jütten - 2015 - Critical Horizons 16 (2):187-203.
Adorno’s Politics: Theory and Praxis in Germany’s 1960s.Fabian Freyenhagen - 2014 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 40 (9):0191453714545198.

View all 12 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Honneth on Social Pathologies: A Critique.Fabian Freyenhagen - 2015 - Critical Horizons 16 (2):131-152.
Social Freedom as Ideology.Karen Ng - 2018 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 45 (7):795-818.
Was ist orthodoxe Kritische Theorie?Fabian Freyenhagen - 2017 - Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 65 (3):456-469.
Expanding the Taxonomy of (Mis-)Recognition in the Economic Sphere.Joerg Schaub & Ikechukwu M. Odigbo - forthcoming - European Journal of Social Theory 22 (1):103-122.

View all 23 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Habermas and the Project of Immanent Critique.Titus Stahl - 2013 - Constellations 20 (4):533-552.
Stakeholder Management Theory: A Critical Theory Perspective.Darryl Reed - 1999 - Business Ethics Quarterly 9 (3):453-483.
Between Critical and Normative Theory.Samuel Bagg - 2016 - Political Research Quarterly 69:1-12.
Is the Market a Sphere of Social Freedom?Timo Jütten - 2015 - Critical Horizons 16 (2):187-203.
Prescription, Description, and Hume's Experimental Method.Hsueh Qu - 2016 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 24 (2):279-301.
Science Evolving. [REVIEW]Ray Scott Percival - 1995 - Nature 376 (6536):131-132.
How to Be a Normative Expressivist.Michael Pendlebury - 2010 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 80 (1):182-207.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2015-05-05

Total views
44 ( #233,630 of 2,426,349 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #542,164 of 2,426,349 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes