In the epicenter of politics: Axel honneth's theory of the struggles for recognition and Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thévenot's moral and political sociology

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Abstract

Axel Honneth's development of the Frankfurt School's Critical Social Theory has increased the amount of attention that is paid to the dimension of political praxis by emphasizing the social struggle for recognition. Nevertheless, the political-sociological axis of this tradition remains relatively unexplored and unclear. Taking this as a starting point, I investigate the contribution that the pragmatic sociology of Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thévenot could make to the fortification of this political dimension. I do this by tracing a line of argument through several of Boltanski's studies in the direction of a political-sociological axis. I show that this aspect of Boltanski's sociology can be understood as a very fruitful analysis of processes of political articulation that may help Critical Theory overcome a political deficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-281
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Theory
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

Keywords

  • common sense of justice and acceptability
  • Critical Theory
  • political and moral sociology
  • political and moral suffering
  • political articulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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