For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

References for Theme: Honneth Citations

  • Honneth, Axel
    • The Idea of Socialism: Towards a Renewal (2017)
      (p.78) The founding fathers of socialism were unable and even unwilling to take account of the process of functional differentiation occurring before their eyes, because they were all convinced that in the future the integration of all social spheres would be determined solely by the requirements of industrial production. They did so in spite of the fact that their liberal predecessors and their intellectual opponents had long since begun to take account of the socio-political consequences - arising by the late eighteenth century at the latest - of the differentiation of society into various social spheres, which came to be analyzed...
    • The Idea of Socialism: Towards a Renewal (2017)
      (p.81) Just like pre-modern social theorists, socialists from Saint-Simon to Marx conceived of the functioning of societies as being vertically directed by a central authority. The only difference is that this authority was not represented by the state, but by the economy. It would have been far more insightful from the perspective of social theory to criticize the capitalist relations of the time for not permitting the various independent spheres of action the freedom to follow their own respective social logic - which was the freedom that representatives of liberalism originally accorded to these spheres. It would have been possible, therefore,...
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