Axel Honneth will study the long-run social consequences of the ongoing dissolution of the integrative force of contract-based work. His project will be partly. In Freedom’s Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life (), Axel Honneth, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt and at Columbia. Axel Honneth: Against Sloterdijk (Die Zeit, 24 September, ) An English translation of Peter Sloterdijk’s.

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Is it possible that there are only a few who arent asking themselves whether our democratic culture has reached a level of childishness, superficiality and useless blather that does harm to its own ideals? As if Foucaults objection to anthropological essentialising had never been made, as though all the warnings against the postulation of culture universals or the supposed invariables of the human condition could be thrown to the wind, Sloterdijks assumption was simply that closer inspection revealed a series of inescapable drives at work in civilised life.

You only have to cast a glance over the thesis before you want to insist on some conceptual distinctions – surely theres a big difference whether thymos takes geificacin account the consent of the Other or wants to place itself above and beyond that very Other in other words, whether we strive for truly inter-subjective recognition or one-sided domination.

Second, there is a pattern reificacih how moral codes change over time. The political slogan for this programme?

It seems rather futile to point out at this stage of the argument that theoreticians as different as George Sorel and Barrington Moore drew attention to the asel role of honour as a motive force of political movements at a much earlier date. No doubt the scope of the three-volume Spheres was too great to warrant page by page inspection; a quick glance at Sloterdijks melancholy theme was enough: Here you ask yourself why Sloterdijk takes his detour via such a trivial psychology, when in fact the political constitutions of Western democracies positively encourage those who feel themselves at a disadvantage to make use of their well-founded claim to equal treatment before the law.

Again, the skeptic will see little reason to grant Honneth his starting point, yet without it everything that comes afterwards will remain unconvincing. Any philosopher who believes that there are moral principles underlying her own society will surely have her honnerh cut out finding them, even if the principles really are there to find.


Did the world really need Philosophy of Right 2. In particular, she will have to avoid two serious potential pitfalls. Retrieved from ” https: At last somebody had given us a first impression of the true forces slumbering in the depths of historical conflicts. Rather, diversity requires hhonneth to have values that binds it together: From the lonely heights, Sloterdijk had at last pronounced the long-awaited formula that will axsl the political future, the formula that will finally put paid to the sentimental dream of the social democratic state.

But for Hegel the moral principles governing his society still represented a definite advance over the past, as reason marches ever onward towards its fulfilment. The title of the short piece should already make it clear that we have someone here who is contemplating nothing less than the overthrow all our customary values and habits. To judge by the grand standards of the philosophy of history, there can only be one solution to the problem: For instance, grievances regarding the distribution of goods in society are ultimately struggles for recognition.

In a matter of years, a cocoon of admiration, fascination and mischievous sympathy had formed around the writings of the author. And I suppose one could say that Honneth has done a good job updating Hegel. Be that as it may, after this first swag of work, the long-awaited redemptive formula was yet to fall to that social circle that looked so eagerly up at the master.

La Sociedad Del Desprecio Documents. As The Critique of Cynical Reason seemed to signal, a true free spirit had here stepped on to the intellectual stage again at last, someone who, with the lonely resolve and radicalism of a Nietzsche, took issue with all the habits of thought that had long ago given honbeth era an almost unbearable sloppiness.

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To repeat, no ressentiment, no bonneth and no lust for power was needed to motivate the members of the lower classes to fight for an economic redistribution from the upper to the lower social reaches. On the contrary, they form different stages in the reifcacin of social ethics.

His first main work The Critique of Power: And so she must be ready to separate the wheat from the chaff: Nevertheless, Hegel and his followers believed that there were clear moral principles governing the then modern world. These half-baked reflections at no point does he make clear why fortunes acquired by inheritance or financial speculation are justly earned in the sense of involving any sort of notable achievement provide Sloterdijk with hnneth basis for a political programme of revolutionary proportions.


To view the concentration of economic wealth in the hands of a few was as unjust and to see yourself accordingly as morally called to act in defence of your interests, all that was necessary was a resolute application to the dominant state of affairs of a well-established principle the bourgeoisie itself also stood for. They enthusiastically read every article demonising the politics ofthey noted with deep satisfaction that the leading disciplines of the declining post 68 era, sociology and psychoanalysis, were finally getting their comeuppance.

During the development of industrial capitalism, in their collective efforts to carry through a policy of economic redistribution and thus secure social rights, the economically worse-off were able to support their claims from the outset using two sources of moral legitimation.

Axel Honneth Against Sloterdijk

To have complete access to the thousands of philosophy articles on this site, please. What we learn next is that the opposite of the pride that superior beings have at their disposal in the battle for recognition is the ressentiment of those who reificafin but occupy a subordinate position in the social hierarchy. It may only have been the rapid success of his first books in the milieu just mentioned that finally led him to serve its disciples as a seer in impoverished times.

A tone of militant anti-conformism meant however that he was met from many sides with reverence and admiration. Moreover, history itself did not demonstrate a smooth process of advancement.

A principled scepticism about all the achievements of social modernity separated him from the advocates of extending the economy into all corners of life; a proud reificzcin to take the side of the weak and disadvantaged distinguished him from the honheth objections of the critics of capitalism.