Contemporary recognition philosophy: «communicative utopia» or a real social project?
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recognition, justice, identity, ethics of discourse, ethics of concern, neglect, violence

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Sytnichenko, L. (2019). Contemporary recognition philosophy: «communicative utopia» or a real social project?. Multiversum. Philosophical Almanac, (3-4), 13-31.


In the article it is analyzed contemporary philosophical discourses of real mechanisms, ways of interconnection of identity and recognition in the context of «awareness of injustice», «pathologies» of social being. It is also shown that, in contrast to the predominantly monological ideas of recognizing P. Ricoeur, Ch. Taylor, and J. Habermas's «communicative utopia,» T. Rentsch and A. Hon-neth offer his intersubjective, realistic concept. An important feature of the latter was the extension of the «perspective of justice», overcoming its narrowed version by appealing to «other justice», recognition and concern. Thus, A. Honneth suggests to supplement the moral principle of equal treatment of people with the norm of a specific obligation to an individual in need of assistance. Summarizing the understanding of the problem of recognition in modern philosophy, the author emphasizes the importance of A. Honneth creation of the theory of recognition in the focus of the theory of freedom and justice. The well-known German thinker thus seeks to rehabilitate the basic principles of the social philosophy of the Frankfurt School in order to find adequate ways of overcoming the various manifestations of social injustice, humiliation and neglect of human dignity. And this should be done on the basis of understanding the inner potential of the phenomenon of recognition, as a fundamentally important (especially for the domestic space) ability to reconcile its formal and legitimate institutional structures with true recognition of them considering as fair. In order to transform his vision of recognition from a «communicative utopia» into an effective social project, A. Honneth t tries to rethink the ideas of J. Rawls, N. Fraser, to supplement the ethics of discourse with a broad theory of recognition and an ethic of concern.
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