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    Beyond Friend and Foe: The Politics of Critical Theory.Volker Heins - 2011 - Brill.
    The book provides a thematic account of the changing political thought of critical theorists from Adorno to Habermas and Honneth. Its purpose is to establish the relevance of this tradition for contemporary political theory and philosophy.
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    Realizing Honneth: Redistribution, Recognition, and Global Justice.Volker Heins - 2008 - Journal of Global Ethics 4 (2):141 – 153.
    The purpose of this article is to explore the potential contribution of Axel Honneth's critical theory of recognition to empirical and normative debates on global justice. I first present, very briefly, an overview of recent theories of global distributive justice. I argue that theorists of distributive justice do not pay enough attention to sources of self-respect and conditions for identity formation, and that they are blind toward the danger of harming people's sense of self even by well-intentioned redistributive policies. Honneth's (...)
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    Gift-Giving and Reciprocity in Global Society: Introducing Marcel Mauss in International Studies.Volker M. Heins, Christine Unrau & Kristine Avram - 2018 - Journal of International Political Theory 14 (2):126-144.
    How do multiple obligations to give, to receive, and to reciprocate contribute to the evolution of international society? This question can be derived from the works of the French anthropologist and sociologist Marcel Mauss, in particular from his classic essay The Gift, published in 1925. The aim of this article is to introduce Mauss’ theory of the gift to international political theorists, to develop a general theoretical argument from his claim about the universality of gift-giving, and to lay out the (...)
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  4. Saying Things That Hurt: Adorno as Educator.Volker Heins - 2012 - Thesis Eleven 110 (1):68-82.
    This article suggests reading Theodor Adorno not as a notoriously pessimistic sociologist but as a committed public educator. Partly drawing on still unpublished transcripts of lectures, public talks and radio broadcasts from the 1950s and ’60s, the article offers an account of Adorno’s concept and practice of a ‘democratic pedagogy’. The key question is how we should understand the difference between Adorno the social philosopher, on the one hand, and Adorno the educator, on the other. It is argued that Adorno’s (...)
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    Refugees Welcome: Arrival Gifts, Reciprocity, and the Integration of Forced Migrants.Volker M. Heins & Christine Unrau - 2018 - Journal of International Political Theory 14 (2):223-239.
    Against competing political theories of the integration of immigrants, we propose to reframe the relationship between the populations of host countries and arriving refugees in terms of a neo-Maussian theory of gift exchange. Using the example of the European refugee crisis of 2015 and the welcoming attitude of significant parts of German civil society, we argue that this particular situation should be understood as epitomizing the trend toward internal transnationalism. Increasingly, the “international” is becoming part and parcel of the “domestic” (...)
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    Reasons of the Heart: Weber and Arendt on Emotion in Politics.Volker Heins - 2007 - The European Legacy 12 (6):715-728.
    In many fields of contemporary thought and scholarship, the classical construct of a clean division between “emotion” and “reason” has been revised. As a result, politics is no longer seen as a sphere in need of protection against the dark forces of emotion that might creep in where they do not belong. Against the backdrop of this conceptual shift the article examines the theme of emotion in the political thought of Max Weber and Hannah Arendt. The aim is to gauge (...)
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    Critical Theory and the Traps of Conspiracy Thinking.Volker Heins - 2007 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 33 (7):787-801.
    Historically, blatantly untrue and defamatory conspiracy theories had disastrous consequences for those who were portrayed in them as evil-doers. At the same time, conspiratorial agreements at the expense of the common good between powerful groups in society do exist and have occasionally been uncovered. Against this background, the article describes different ways in which critical theory has looked at conspiracies. First, an attempt is made to show that Max Horkheimer's notes on `rackets' are an ambitious but flawed attempt to theorize (...)
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    Human Rights, Intellectual Property, and Struggles for Recognition.Volker Heins - 2008 - Human Rights Review 9 (2):213-232.
    This article examines recent controversies over the relationship between human rights and intellectual property rights (IPRs). Many activists have claimed that IPRs conflict with human rights. Others have argued that IPRs are themselves human rights. The article approaches the debate as an opportunity to clarify the nature of IPRs in relation to human rights, as well as the nature of contemporary struggles over these rights. After surveying the dual expansion of both human rights and IPRs and rejecting the view that (...)
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    The Place of Property in the Politics of Recognition.Volker Heins - 2009 - Constellations 16 (4):579-592.
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    Of Persons and Peoples: Internationalizing the Critical Theory of Recognition.Volker Heins - 2010 - Contemporary Political Theory 9 (2):149-170.
    Although Axel Honneth's critical theory of recognition continues to resonate among political theorists, its relationship to the debate on political and moral cosmopolitanism remains unclear. The paper aims to fill this gap by defining a few guideposts to a ‘recognition-theoretical’ conception of the international. My argument is that Honneth's theory oscillates between a liberal-cosmopolitan model of the global spread of human rights and an alternative model that is closer to the anti-cosmopolitanism of the late Rawls. Both models reflect certain assumptions (...)
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    Book Review: The Idea of Socialism: Towards a RenewalHonnethAxelThe Idea of Socialism: Towards a Renewal. [REVIEW]Volker M. Heins - 2017 - Thesis Eleven 143 (1):124-127.
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  12. Civil Society’s Barbarisms.Volker Heins - 2004 - European Journal of Social Theory 7 (4):499-517.
    Instead of arguing about elements and boundaries of civil society, recent discussions in social theory have focused on the concept of civil society itself as embedded in different currents of social and political thought. Following up on these discussions, this article reconstructs the concept of civil society by identifying a number of implicit oppositional terms and the respective semantic fields, which in different historical contexts have lent meaning to the concept. Three such oppositional terms and counter-meanings will be distinguished in (...)
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    Can the Refugee Speak? Albert Hirschman and the Changing Meanings of Exile.Volker M. Heins - 2020 - Thesis Eleven 158 (1):42-57.
    This article presents a critical reading of Albert O. Hirschman’s typology of exit, voice and loyalty as a heuristic for understanding the changing meanings of exile in the 20th and early 21st centuries. It is argued that Hirschman’s experiences as well as the theory he distilled from them are highly relevant for researchers of forced migration and exile. After first defending the usefulness of Hirschman’s analytical framework for exile and diaspora studies, the article then highlights the need to revise and (...)
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    Habermas on the European Crisis: Attempting the Impossible.Volker M. Heins - 2016 - Thesis Eleven 133 (1):3-18.
    Based on a critical reading of Jürgen Habermas’s journalistic writings on the European Union, the article argues that Europe’s current crisis is also a crisis of its narratives, and hence a crisis of meaning. The German philosopher has revised his political vision of a united Europe but has done so without abandoning his neo-Kantian ‘soft revolutionism’. The EU of the future is not only envisaged as an alternative to the allegedly defunct European nation-state, but also as the antithesis to US-style (...)
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    Three Meanings of Equality: The 'Arab Problem' in Israel. [REVIEW]Volker Heins - 2012 - Res Publica 18 (1):79-91.
    If justice means equal participation and inclusion, as authors such as Axel Honneth or Nancy Fraser have argued, the question still remains: inclusion in what, and of whom? This question has not been investigated with sufficient attention. Drawing on the example of the experience of Palestinians and Israeli Arabs, I address this issue by distinguishing different meanings of equality which correspond to different types of political struggles. In so doing, I re-examine Honneth’s claim that the critical theory of recognition has (...)
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    The West Divided? A Snapshot of Human Rights and Transatlantic Relations at the United Nations.Volker Heins, Aditya Badami & Andrei S. Markovits - 2010 - Human Rights Review 11 (1):1-16.
    Based mostly on extensive interviews with diplomats and human rights activists, this article questions the claim advanced by the German philosopher Jürgen Habermas that current transatlantic relations can be described in terms of a “Divided West.” We examine the scope and depth of shared understandings between key actors in the United States, Germany, and Canada with regard to the definition, monitoring, and implementation of international human rights and to the reform of human rights-related mechanisms within the broader context of current (...)
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