Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory

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Honneth on Moral Growth

  • Teemu HanhelaEmail author
  • Rauno Huttunen
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-588-4_421


Axel Honneth is the foremost representative of the so called third generation of the Frankfurt School. He started his academic career as a Habermasian Marxist influenced by Foucault’s philosophical and anthropological ideas. In his early writings, Honneth connected Foucault with the tradition of critical theory. Honneth launched his theory of recognition in 1994 and re-orientated the whole Frankfurt School research. Ever since there has been intensive discussion concerning the Honnethian theory of recognition.

Honneth’s project is distinctive and central to the third generation of critical theory including, first, the idea of society and history based on the struggle for recognition by social groups. Second, Honneth contextualises the normative foundations in the deep structures of subjective experiences such as disrespect and misrecognition. These ideas, struggles and subjective experiences, are elicited from Hegel’s philosophy. The first element, the idea of the struggle...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of OuluOuluFinland
  2. 2.University of TurkuTurkuFinland
  3. 3.University of JoensuuJoensuuFinland