Redistribution or Recognition?: A Political-Philosophical Exchange

Redistribution or Recognition?: A Political-Philosophical Exchange

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By (author) Nancy Fraser, By (author) Axel Honneth, Translated by Joel Golb, Translated by Christiane Wilke

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  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 218mm x 13mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 17 January 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1859844928
  • ISBN 13: 9781859844922
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 108,124

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"Recognition" has become a veritable keyword of our time, but its relation to economic "redistribution" remains untheorized. This volume remedies the lacuna by staging a debate between two philosophers, one North American, the other European, who hold different views of the matter. Highly attuned to contemporary politics, the exchange between Nancy Fraser and Axel Honneth constitutes a rigorous dialogue on moral philosophy, social theory, and the best way to conceptualize capitalist society.

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Nancy Fraser is Henry A. and Louise Loeb Professor of Philosophy and Politics and at the Graduate Faculty of the New School in New York. Her previous books include Unruly Practices, Justice Interruptus, and Feminist Contentions. Axel Honneth is Professor of Philosophy at the Johan-Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt. He is the author of, amongst other books, The Critique of Power and The Struggle for Recognition.

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"A carefully wrought and provocative debate between philosophers with strong commitments to asking what a more just social life might be. This txt will doubtless produce a spate of new and important scholarship in critical theory in its wake." Judith Butler "In this exciting dialogue, Nancy Fraser and Axel Honneth do not simply explore wit h perfect conceptual rigor the analogies and tensions of the paradigms of 'equal redistribution' and 'struggle for recognition'. They also demonstrate why engaged theory matters for collective practice. Their speculative effort will set the agenda for transnational debates of vital importance." Etienne Balibar "In this fascinating volume, two of the major theorists of our time battle it out over the question of redistribution versus recognition. The stakes are high: how might a critical theory of capitalist society be revivified in a manner that unites philosophy, politics and social theory. This is engaged theoretical debate of the highest level." Simon Critchley