"New Directions for a Critical Theory of Work: Reading Honneth Through Deranty"
by Boston, Timothy (2018)
Axel Honneth?s theory of recognition has been criticised for presenting a deficient concept of work and the normative significance of work. In recent years Jean-Philippe Deranty, among others, has suggested that Honneth could overcome this deficiency by reintroducing into his mature theory the critical concept of work that first appeared in his 1977?1985 writings. My paper critically reconstructs and assesses Derantys position. I argue that Deranty has understated the extent to which his research direction diverges from Honneth?s. Rather than simply nuancing Honneth?s existing philosophical system, Deranty?s work exposes some of its conceptual limits and points beyond it.
Deranty’s writings make a compelling case that a critical conception of work must criticise working activity and not just the institutional framework in which work occurs. Moreover, his analysis points to a sense in which the full development of a human subject’s unique capacities depends not just on intersubjective relations, but on a relation to the world of objects that a human subject establishes in and through working. (p.119)
KeywordsAxel Honneth, Deranty, Normative Significance Of Work, Critical Theory Of Work, Frankfurt School Of Social Research
ThemesOn Honneth, Critical Theory of Work
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