Freedom's Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life

2014.10.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Axel Honneth, Freedom's Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life, Joseph Ganahl (tr.), Columbia University Press, 2014,
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2014.10.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Axel Honneth, Freedom's Right: The Social Foundations of Democratic Life, Joseph Ganahl (tr.), Columbia University Press, 2014, 412pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231162463. Reviewed by Terry Pinkard, Georgetown University John Rawls' A Theory of Justice brought Kantian approaches to center stage in political philosophy. After that came an avalanche of articles and books on Rawls' theory itself and on how Kantian Rawls really was. It has taken some time, but now, with Axel Honneth's book, the Hegelian development of Kantianism is moving slowly to its own place on center stage. It will also most likely produce a similar wave of articles and books on how Hegelian he really is. Overall, the differences are clear: whereas Rawls and his successors focused on a few general principles of justice and how they were to be specified, Honneth-the-Hegelian stresses history, sociology, and the way the principles take on. . .

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