AW: Re: [hegel] Bernstein on Honneth on Hegel
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Datum: 16.06.2010 16:38
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I'd be interested to hear from anyone who has read
book. I have read only some of his earlier work, on "recognition."
That work and this review make
me skeptical. Honneth assumes always
that "our" standards of rationality are "post-metaphysical," and
this that "we" can't find anything useful or necessary for
ethics and politics in Hegel's Logic. I believe I have
shown in my own
book (Hegel's Philosophy of Reality, Freedom, and God ) that
this isn't true. Above all, the
Logic contains Hegel's refutation of
social atomism or egoism--a refutation that's surely a prime requisite
social and political philosophy, and one that (in my opinion) no
other modern philosopher has provided.
himself warns that to define oneself by what one rejects--such
as, in this case, "metaphysics"--is to fail to be
free. But most of us
moderns are so cock-sure in our rejection of what went "before"
modernity, or so sheep-like in
our conformity to modernity, or both,
that we can't hear this warning. Generations of "philosophers" come
who hold Hegel and the Greeks and medievals, not to mention non-
western philosophy, at arm's length and never realize
missing. I speak from experience: I was one of these "moderns" myself
for many years, and my
liberation from this sort of "modernity" was
and is one of the great gifts of my life.
Note that what I'm
recommending is not to reject modernity in favor of
pre-modern thinking. That would hardly be Hegelian. Rather, it's
find the truth that both share. There's a task worthy of a philosopher.
Best, Bob W.
I think Axel
Honneth is a critical Hegelian. He tries to include more reality and social analysis into the Critical Theory and the
formal theory of justice of communicative interaction of the Frankfurt School with help of Hegel's theory of
intersubjectivity and the struggle of social recognition. However, then as a good Kantian he puts the realm of morality
and normativity above the reality of society and this he cannot find in Hegel's philosophy which sees reason in what is
and therefore has to develop a critical ontology of individual freedom, not a rational philosophy of morality. So,
Honneth has to argue against Hegel's metaphysical thinking and to emphasize the pathologies of individual freedom as
most of the modern thinkers do.
On Jun 15, 2010, at 3:51 PM, <hugh.gillis@...> wrote:
This is from Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews: J.M. Bernstein
> reviews Honneth's The Pathologies of Individual
> Social Theory
> Axel Honneth - The Pathologies of Individual Freedom: Hegel's Social
- Reviewed by J. M. Bernstein, New School for Social Research
> - Philosophical Reviews - University of Notre Dame<http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=19887