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The Experience of Injustice: A Theory of Recognition

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2019.09.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Emmanuel Renault, The Experience of Injustice: A Theory of Recognition, Richard A. Lynch (tr.), Columbia University Press, 2019, 272pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231177061. Reviewed by Gabriel Gottlieb, Xavier University Emmanuel Renault’s book offers a critical theory of justice grounded in the concept of recognition. His model serves as an alternative to the liberal models of justice found in Rawls and Habermas. Originally published in French in 2004, this English translation (by Richard A. Lynch) of Renault’s book should be welcomed by political philosophers working on theories of justice, identity politics, social movements, the limits of liberalism, and critical theory more generally. For philosophers working on the politics of recognition, the book is essential reading. Building on the Hegelian-inspired theory of recognition articulated by Axel Honneth in The Struggle of Recognition, Renault aims to reorient Honneth’s model of recognition around “the normative content of negative social experiences that can lead to... Read More

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