ABSTRACT. In this paper I criticise Axel Honneth’s reactualization of reification as a concept in critical theory in his Tanner Lectures and argue that he. Together with Honneth, Althusser claims that recognition is a (the?) basic category of human experience, one which is usually ignored. In the. According to Honneth, this explanation of reification suffers from at least four limitations. Taken together, these limitations call this single explanatory principle .

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It would honnegh been interesting if Butler would have brought that point up, because I would argue that Butler holds to a kind of constructivism, but a constructivism that denies a strong willing subject. Which is more profound of a pathology than any equal distribution could ever make up for. Find it on Scholar. By turning people into things, we forget ourselves. I recognize something only when it is already brought, when it has become or always has been obvious.

Axel Honneth – – Oxford University Press. Sign in Get started. His account is based homneth two premises: If, as Honneth insists, the answer to both of these questions is yes, reification must be redefined if it is to retain its legitimacy and relevance.

I’m not completely convinced that Honneth answers these objections satisfactorily. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Axel Honneth born July 18, is a professor of philosophy at both the University of Frankfurt and Columbia University.


honnetn Heidegger explicitly warns that his theory of authentic dasein is not to be understood either as an endorsement for a particular ethics or as a position on practical reasoning. To this end he marshals a rehabilitated notion honnet Georg Lukacs, ‘reification’.

In other words, Honneth ends his analysis with a prioritization of recognition, while completely failing to address the question of how and why our specific recognitions have evolved in the first place!


Accordingly, Honneth argues that even if we take reification at face value, there is no reason to believe that a full account of its causes can be located within the capitalist apparatus.

Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea

Academic Skip to main content. I read this book predominantly for Judith Butler’s response on the concept of reification and recognition. That is, that all of our cognitions are based upon some prior, unquestionable, already-demonstrated recognition.

Hardcoverpages. Sally rated it liked it Oct 16, Writing is highly intellectual and assumes you know about different kinds of thought.

But I would like to take a careful look at just what is being offered to us with the prioritization of recognition, and see where it fits within a larger discussion of Marxist social criticism. A New Look at an Old Idea. Goodreads reificagion you keep track of books you want to read. How exactly does it differ from cognition? Federico rated it liked it Oct 03, So far so good?

That’s his theory in a nutshell, and it’s sort of interesting, but maybe he should avoid using the term reification, since he reificaton understood it to being with. Science Logic and Mathematics. This sort of naive perspective may make for good poetry, but rarely, if ever, does it produce responsible policy.

Inasmuch as recognition is precognitive, it cannot be questioned or investigated in all the reificqtion that normal cognitions might be. Christopher Zurn – – Philosophy and Social Criticism 26 1: This is proven by the study of 9 month year olds and their relations to a loved one. Honneth’s work focuses on social-political and moral philosophy, especially relations of power, recognition, and respect.

On Honneth’s Reification: or why Marx is not (yet) the messiah

Polity,Pp. Felix White rated it really liked it Apr 08, But, then again, I should probably need to read the book more carefully in order to make a properly informed judgement on that.


There are no discussion topics on this honnehh yet. We cannot shine our intellectual lights upon recognitions, for such an investigation would itself assume the rwification of those same recognitions. Michel rated it liked it Oct 05, A creative extension of Honneth’s theory of recognition and a relevant diagnosis of our condition. Choose your country or region Close.

A main problem for Butler with Honneth is that he fails to explain exactly how reification and recognition are linked.

This despite the fact that Honneth explains much of Lukacs. However, both branches of state apparatuses share a common goal of reproducing the conditions of capitalist production. Daniel Rhodes earned his B. I also agree with the three “comments” that his style and Writing is highly intellectual and assumes you know about different kinds of thought. While the repressive apparatus insures conformity through a complex of governing bodies, police, and the military, the ideological state apparatuses ISAs function through education, culture, religion, and family.

First, the title is accurate, this is a new look at an old idea, and I think reification is an idea that needs to not only stay within the philosophical, political, and psychological discourse, but needs to take on a more prominent and well-known position.

Judith Butler, Raymond Geuss, and Jonathan Lear offer criticisms as is the standard practice for the Tanner Lecture series from which this book is published. Lists with This Book.