Honneth and "the political-ethical Turning" of Critical Theory

Modern Philosophy 3:49-54 (2007)

In the history of evolution for decades, the Frankfurt School Critical Theory has experienced three phases of development: the first phase of development focuses on critical theory construction and critique of industrial civilization; Phase II focused on the reconstruction of critical theory and the critique of modernity; third completed the development of critical theory of "political ethics of turning." If we say, Habermas discourse ethics, to discuss political theory, critical theory means that the "political ethics to" achieve a certain degree; then, Honneth recognition of the theory and the concept of diversity and justice, marks the critical theory of "political ethics to "final completion. Although Hough, after hovering in critical theory and critical theory, idealism and realism, a dollar between Marxism and pluralism, but in the end from critical theory to post-critical theory. During several decades 'evolvement, Frankfurt School's critical theory experiences three phases' development: in the first phase, it emphasizes on construction of critical theory; in the second phase, it emphasizes on reconstruction of critical theory and critic of modernism; in the third phase , it accomplishes the political-ethical turning of critical theory. If Habermas's discussethics and deliberative political theory indicates that the political-ethical turning of critical theory is achieved to an extent, his theory of recognition and his visualization of multi-justice symbols that the political -ethical turning of critical theory has been achieved completely. Though Honneth hesitates between critical theory and post-critical theory, idealism and realism, monism and pluralism, he has finally achieved the turning from critical theory to post-critical theory
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