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ReificationA New Look At An Old Idea$
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Axel Honneth

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320466.001.0001

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Taking Another's View: Ambivalent Implications

Taking Another's View: Ambivalent Implications

(p.97) Taking Another's View: Ambivalent Implications

Judith Butler

Oxford University Press

Although Honneth's re-thought-of concept of reification is still rooted in a reconstruction of Lukács works, he was able to incorporate matters such as social criticism, psychology, philosophy, and other related schools of thought in his rethinking. Honneth points out that there exists a connection between recognition in the context of philosophical anthropology and social theory and the problem of reification. In his rethinking, he attempts to relate reification to a more fundamental practice of recognition that is observed through specific forms to nature, to other people, and to the self. It is asserted that reification does not only mean that subjects are treated as objects within a model of the commodity, but rather that the subject itself is also reifying. This chapter looks into how Honneth was able to come up with his new conceptualization of the term reification in relation to Lukács original definition.

Keywords:   Lukács, social criticism, psychology, philosophy, reification, recognition

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