Owen James Hulatt (Translator), Axel Honneth

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In this paper, Axel Honneth replies to the five critical accounts of Freedom's Right contained in this issue of Critical Horizons. He first discusses the methodological and systematic objections raised by Schaub and Freyenhagen, and then defends his approach vis-à-vis the other three critical accounts with reference to two social spheres – the sphere of personal relationships in the case of McNeill and McNay, and the market sphere in the case of Jütten. Among the significant clarifications of his account, Honneth accepts that he should allow for the possibility of institutional revolutions (while accepting a version of Hegel's end of history thesis in respect with normative revolutions) and that there could be social pathologies (not just misdevelopments) in the spheres of social freedom. He also distinguishes more explicitly between capitalism and market societies, suggesting that market socialism might be more institutionally suited to realize social freedom in the social spheres of production and consumption than capitalism is. He insists on the distinctiveness of modern friendships; the moral superiority of modern societies based on social freedom; and the need for a teleological orientation in our critical engagement with social phenomena such as gender inequality.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputJournal Article
Number of pages22
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 May 2015

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