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Axel Honneth

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Jack C. Weinstein Professor of the Humanities | Columbia University

Professor Honneth is Jack C. Weinstein Professor for the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University; Director of the Institute for Social Research, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (since 2001); and C4-Professor of Social Philosophy, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main (since 1996).

From 1992 to 1996, Professor Honneth was C4-Professor of Political Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin; from 1991 to 1992 he was C3-Professor of Philosophy, University of Konstanz.  From 1983 to 1989 he was „Hochschulassistent“ (scientific assistant) to Prof. Dr. Jürgen Habermas, Dept. of Philosophy, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/M.; from 1982 to 1983 he had a Research Grant with Prof. Dr. Jürgen Habermas, Max-Planck-Institute for Social Sciences, Starnberg.   From 1977 to 1982 he was Wissenschaftlicher Assistent (scientific assistant), Institute of Sociology, Freie Universität Berlin.

Professor Honneth studied Philosophy, Sociology, and German Literature at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and Ruhr-Universität Bochum from 1969-1974, earning his M.A. in Philosophy in 1974.   His postgraduate studes were at Freie Universität Berlin from 1974-1976.    His Dissertation (thesis), at Freie Universität Berlin in 1982 was entitled „Kritik der Macht. Foucault und die Kritische Theorie“.  Professor Honneth’s Habilitation (postdoctoral thesis and postdoctoral lecturing qualification) was in 1990 at the Department of Philosophy, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, entitled „Kampf um Anerkennung“.

Areas of Specialization: 

Social and Political Philosophy; Ethics; Social Theory

Authored Books: 

The I in the We, Polity Press (forthcoming)

Das Recht der Freiheit
, Suhrkamp Verlag, 2011

The Pathologies of Individual Freedom: Hegel`s Social Theory
, Princeton University Press, 2010

Pathologies of Reason: On the Legacy of Critical Theory
, Columbia University Press, 2009

Reification: A New Look at an Old Idea
, Oxford University Press, 2008

Disrespect: The Normative Foundations of Critical Theory
, Polity Press, 2007

Redistribution or Recognition?:  A Political– Philosophical Exchange
, co-authored with Nancy Fraser, Verso Press, 2003

The Struggle for Recognition: The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts
, MIT Press 1996

The Fragmented World of the Social: Essays in Social and Political Philosophy
, State University of New York Press 1995

The Critique of Power: Reflective Stages in a Critical Social Theory
, MIT Press 1991

Social Action and Human Nature
, co-authored with Hans Joas, Cambridge University Press, 1988