Recognizing domination: Recognition and power in Honneth’s critical theory

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Axel Honneth frames his contribution to the tradition of critical theory as an attempt to do justice to both the structures of social domination in contemporary Western societies and the practical resources for their overcoming. This paper assesses how well Honneth’s critical theory, which centers on the notion of the struggle for recognition, accomplishes the first of these two tasks. I argue that Honneth has yet to offer a fully satisfactory analysis of domination because his recognition model is unable to make sense of modes of subordination that function without producing any struggle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-32
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Power
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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