The critique of power : reflective stages in a critical social theory

Axel Honneth ; translated by Kenneth Baynes

Axel Honneth's Critique of Power is a rich interpretation of the history of critical theory, which clarifies its central problems and emphasizes the "social" factors that should provide that theory with a normative and practical orientation.Honneth focuses on the dialog between French and German social theory that was beginning at the time of Michel Foucault's death. It traces the common roots of the work of Foucault and Jurgen Habermas to a basic text of the last generation of critical theorists - Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno's Dialectic of Enlightenment - and draws from this connection the outline of a program that might unite and surpass their seemingly irreconcilable methods of critiquing power structures. In doing so, Honneth provides a constructive and nonpolemical framework for comparisons between the two theorists. And he presents a novel interpretation of Foucault's analysis of social systems.Honneth traces the internal contradictions in critical theory through an analysis of Horkheimer's early programmatic writings, the Dialectic of Enlightenment, and Adorno's later social-theoretical writings. He shows how Habermas and Foucault in their distinctive ways reinserted the social world into critical theory but argues that neither operation has been wholly successful. His cogent analysis redirects critical social theory in ways that can draw on the strengths and avoid the weaknesses of the two approaches.Axel Honneth is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Konstanz.

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書名 The critique of power : reflective stages in a critical social theory
著作者等 Honneth, Axel
Baynes, Kenneth
書名別名 Kritik der Macht
シリーズ名 Studies in contemporary German social thought
出版元 MIT Press
刊行年月 1993, c1991
版表示 New ed
ページ数 xxxii, 340 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0262581280
NCID BA21539102
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言語 英語
原文言語 ドイツ語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国