The Political Theory of Recognition: A Critical Introduction

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Oktober 2006



This clear and accessible book provides an excellent guide through the ongoing and increasingly significant debate between multiculturalism and its critics. Focusing on the work on Charles Taylor, Axel Honneth and Nancy Fraser, Simon Thompson analyses the argument that a just society is one that shows all its members due recognition.


Acknowledgements. 1 Introduction. 1. 1 The Rise of Recognition. 1. 2 The Politics of Recognition. 1. 3 Three Theories of Recognition. 1. 4 A Plan of the Argument. 2 Recognition as Love. 2. 1 Introduction. 2. 2 Charles Taylor: The Dialogical Self. 2. 3 Axel Honneth: A Philosophical Anthropology. 2. 4 Nancy Fraser: The Discursive Subject. 2. 5 The Critique of Psychologization. 2. 6 Conclusions. 3 Recognition as Respect. 3. 1 Introduction. 3. 2 Charles Taylor: The Politics of Universalism. 3. 3 Axel Honneth: Legal Recognition. 3. 4 Nancy Fraser: Parity of Participation. 3. 5 A Critical Comparison. 3. 6 Conclusions. 4 Recognition as Esteem. 4. 1 Introduction. 4. 2 Charles Taylor: The Politics of Difference. 4. 3 Axel Honneth: The Principle of Achievement. 4. 4 Nancy Fraser: The Revaluation of Values. 4. 5 A Critical Comparison. 4. 6 Conclusions. 5 Recognition and Redistribution. 5. 1 Introduction. 5. 2 Nancy Fraser: Redistribution, Recognition and Participation. 5. 3 Axel Honneth: Redistribution as Recognition. 5. 4 A Critical Comparison. 5. 5 Conclusions. 6 Recognition and Democracy. 6. 1 Introduction. 6. 2 Charles Taylor: Participatory Self-rule. 6. 3 Axel Honneth: Reflexive Cooperation. 6. 4 Nancy Fraser: Radical Democracy. 6. 5 A Critical Comparison. 6. 6 Conclusions. 7 Struggles for Recognition. 7. 1 Introduction. 7. 2 Axel Honneth: Struggles for Recognition. 7. 3 Criticisms of Honneth. 7. 4 Conclusions. 8 Conclusion. Notes. References. Index.


Simon Thompson is a lecturer in politics at the University of the West of England, Bristol.


"Thompson provides the most comprehensive overview to date of the recognition debates - scrupulously fair and bursting with insights." Nancy Fraser, New School for Social Research, New York "The politics of recognition plays a central role in discussions of identity, equality and democratic inclusions in contemporary social and political thought, yet until this book there has been no comprehensive and authoritative guide to the literature on recognition. Thompson displays a mastery of the material and provides a sure-footed guide to the intricacies of the work of the main theorists of recognition - Axel Honneth, Nancy Fraser and Charles Taylor. This book will be required reading for those working on democratic inclusion, identity politics and equality, and serves as a first-rate contribution to the literature on social and political theory." Paul Kelly, London School of Economics and Political Science
EAN: 9780745627618
ISBN: 0745627617
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2006
Seitenanzahl: 224 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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