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Kelly, M.G.E.
Foucault Contra Honneth: Resistance or Recognition?
(2017) Critical Horizons, 18 (3), pp. 214-230.

DOI: 10.1080/14409917.2017.1293895

This article deals with the relationship between the thought of Michel Foucault and that of Axel Honneth, arguing in favour of the former against the latter. I begin by considering Honneth’s early engagement in The Critique of Power with Foucault’s thought. I rebut Honneth’s criticisms of Foucault here as a misreading, one which prevents Honneth from coming to grips with Foucault’s position and hence the challenge that it poses to Honneth’s project. I then move on to offer a Foucauldian critique of Honneth’s own position, arguing for a Foucauldian alternative to Critical Theory. © 2017, © Critical Horizons Pty Ltd 2017.

Author Keywords
Foucault; Honneth; normativity; power; recognition

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