Few thinkers have made such significant contribution to social and political thinking over the last three decades as Axel Honneth. His theory of recognition has rejuvenated the political vocabulary and allowed Critical Theory to move beyond Habermas. Beyond Communication is the first full-scale study of Honneth’s work, covering the whole range of his writings, from his first sociological articles to the latest publications. By relocating the theory of recognition within the tradition of European social theory, the book exposes the full depth and breadth of Honneth’s philosophical intervention. The book will be an indispensable resource for anyone interested in contemporary philosophy and the social sciences.
Pt. 1. On the Way to Recognition: From Marx to Habermas -- Ch. 1. Honneth's Marx, Social Action and Human Nature (1), and first articles -- Ch. 2. Immanent critique of first generation Critical Theory Critique of Power (1) and early articles on Critical Theory -- Ch. 3. The Critique of Habermas. Critique of Power (2), Social Action and Human Nature (2), critical reconstructions of Habermas -- Pt. 2. The Philosophy of Recognition: Hegel, Mead and the Anthropology of Practical Intersubjectivity -- Ch. 4. Philosophical Anthropology of Practical Intersubjectivity. Social Action and Human Nature (3), and writings on intersubjectivity -- Ch. 5. Honneth's Hegel. The Struggle for Recognition (1) and Suffering from Indeterminacy -- Ch. 6. Mead's Social Psychology -- Pt. 3. The Theory of Recognition as New Critical Social Theory -- Ch. 7. The Three Spheres of Recognition -- Ch. 8. Social Philosophy as Critical Theory -- Ch. 9. Social Philosophy as Social Theory. Ch. 10. The Morality of Recognition -- Ch. 11. The Political Theory of Recognition -- Ch. 12. Recognition After Mead: The Recent Writings -- Conclusion: Recognition or Interaction?