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For a Critical Conceptual History of Brazil

Receiving Begriffsgeschichte

João Feres Júnior

The author argues that the development of a critical history of concepts should be based on a programmatic position different from that of original Begriffsgeschichte, or of its main interpretations. By drawing upon theoretical insights of Axel Honneth, he reassesses the basic assumption of Begriffsgeschichte regarding the relationship between the history of concepts and social history, and calls attention to the problems that spring from focusing analysis almost exclusively on key concepts. According to Feres, special attention should be paid to concepts that are socially and politically effective, but, at the same time, do not become the subject of public contestation. Based on this programmatic position, he ends the article proposing a sketch for organizing the study of conceptual history in Brazil along three semantic regions.

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A Negative Theory of Justice

Towards a Critical Theory of Power Relations

Leonard Mazzone

critique of their justifications. Before comparing this theoretical perspective and Axel Honneth's theory of recognition, Nancy Fraser's three-dimensional conception of justice, and the critique of power relations recently advanced by Rainer Forst, however

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Freedom's Right

The Social Foundations of Democratic Life

Chad Kautzer

Axel Honneth. Freedom’s Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life

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Does the City of Ends Correspond to a Classless Society?

A New Idea of Democracy in Sartre's Hope Now

Maria Russo

evolution of capitalism. To update this debate and report on the modernity of Sartre's last words, his position will be compared with that of Axel Honneth, one of the most influential philosophers of the Frankfurt School (in addition to being the successor

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Shakespeare and War

Honour at the Stake

Patrick Gray

reflects Fukuyama’s sense that what Shakespeare calls honour is a desire for what Hegel would call ‘recognition’ ( Anerkennung ). In keeping with Hegel, as well as other, latter-day Hegelians such as Charles Taylor and Axel Honneth, Fukuyama sees our desire

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Plural Modernity

Changing Modern Institutional Forms—Disciplines and Nation-States

Filipe Carreira da Silva and Mónica Brito Vieira

The article begins with the assumption that modernity is undergoing a profound change. The focus is on the structural transformation of two typical modern institutional regimes: the academic discipline and the territorial nation-state. Their demise as the predominant institutional forms in the realms of science and politics signals the end of the modern project—or at least the need for its profound redefinition. It is suggested that such a redefinition entails a radical conceptual shift in the social sciences and that the meta-theoretical expression of this shift can be designated as 'dialogical pluralism'. At a theoretical level, both modernization theories and the recent program of 'multiple modernities' are rejected. A plural modernity, with several distinct varieties, seems a more promising perspective.

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Exceeding Recognition

Anita Chari

Hegel’s concept of recognition has been taken up by a number of thinkers, including Axel Honneth, Robert Williams, and Charles Taylor, under the banner of “the politics of recognition,” which pro- poses to put the concept of recognition to use in the service of a theory of politics that can respond to the problems of group-based structural injustice and subordination. According to these thinkers, equal recognition and the possibility of undistorted forms of communicative agreement serve as the regulative ideal that governs the ever-expanding horizon of a community of autonomous, mutually affirming equals, in which, as Honneth writes, each person has “the chance to know that he or she is socially esteemed with regard to his or her abilities.”

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John Gillespie and Katherine Morris

, existentialism is a humanism. Russo puts Sartre into fruitful dialogue with Axel Honneth and argues for the relevance of his vision of an ethical society for combatting today's neo-liberalism. The topic of Russo's article intersects with that of three of the

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Book Reviews

Kyle Michael James Shuttleworth and Nik Farrell Fox

Dicks’ reading of Christina's essay ‘Sartre and the Deconstruction of the Subject’ from the Heideggerian (and ecological) perspective of ‘the clearing’, Jeremy Ahearne's questioning of recognition theory (via Axel Honneth) as a proper basis for

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Reading Machiavelli and La Boétie with Lefort

Interpretation, Ideology and Conflict Then and Now

Emmanuel Charreau

. 2018 . ‘ Retour sur “l'idéologie invisible” selon Lefort ’. [A look back at the ‘invisible ideology’ according to Lefort] Raison publique 23 ( 1 ): 37 – 54 . doi: 10.3917/rpub1.023.0037 . Carré , L. 2013 . Axel Honneth: Le droit de la