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Brocker I 797
Socialization/Social Relationships/Community/Honneth: For Honneth, relationships of a "symbiosis broken by recognition", which "arises through mutually desired delimitation, form the basis for any "autonomous participation in public life" and "the psychological prerequisite for the development of all further attitudes of self-respect". (1)
Honneth sees this kind of relationship preformed in love:
Brocker I 796
Love/Honneth: In the mutual recognition of their need and affect nature according to the basic pattern of love, individuals develop a positive relationship to their own needs, or the basic belief of being able to fundamentally trust their own need impulses. (2)
Brocker I 797
Since the form of love as a relationship of two is inherent in an element of "moral particularism", (3) it is necessary to introduce another sphere for generalization or generalizability: the sphere of law. According to Honneth, love in its limitation refers of its own accord to this second basic type of mutual recognition relationships.
Law/Honneth: in the sphere of law, the particularity of primary relationships is replaced by the generality of the relationship between free and equal subjects, and the "idea of a rational agreement on contentious norms" instead of affective ties. (4) In contrast to the sphere of affective primary relationships, the sphere of recognition of law is also dependent on historical prerequisites that only fully unfolded in modernism. (5) See Self-Respect/Honneth, See Law/Hegel.
Brocker I 800
Solidarity/Honneth: results in modern societies from "social relationships of symmetrical appreciation" (6) in which "the abilities and characteristics of the other are recognized as important for common practice", which "not only implies passive tolerance
Brocker I 801
towards the "individual special of the other person", but affective participation in it. (7) See also Modernism/Honneth.


1. Axel Honneth, Kampf um Anerkennung. Zur moralischen Grammatik sozialer Konflikte, mit einem neuen Nachwort, Frankfurt/M. 2014 (zuerst 1992) p. 172, 174.
2. Ibid. p. 170
3. Ibid. p. 174
4. Ibid. p. 177
5. Ibid. p. 175-177.
6. Ibid. p. 209
7. Ibid. p. 209f.


Hans-Jörg Sigwart, „Axel Honneth, Kampf um Anerkennung“, in: Manfred Brocker (Ed.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
The note [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Honn I
A. Honneth
Das Ich im Wir: Studien zur Anerkennungstheorie Frankfurt/M. 2010

Honn II
Axel Honneth
Kampf um Anerkennung. Zur moralischen Grammatik sozialer Konflikte Frankfurt 2014

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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