Honneth acknowledges that the comments of Judith Butler, Raymond Geuss, and Jonathan Lear on his rethinking of Lukács's theory of reification draw attention to how this reconceptualization poses an excessively optimistic anthropology. However, Honneth also insists that his suggestion of taking a social-ontological stance and addressing the need for elementary recognition to comprehend reification as the “forgetting” of this recognition account for whether this approach places too much emphasis on the intersubjective understanding of the human being and all other aspects of it. In this chapter, Honneth presents a frame of reference in which to situate his rethinking of the concept of reification, and realizes this as the “forgetfulness of recognition.”
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