Axel Honneth

Axel Honneth is a leading figure of the Frankfurt School and currently Professor of Philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universit├Ąt in Frankfurt, Germany, where he is also the Director of the Institute for Social Research, as well as the Jack C. Weinstein Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, New York. Honneth is particularly well-known for his theory of recognition, which he develops through a critical re-interpretation of the work of Hegel. He also argues that disrespect and humiliation are the key moral experiences required to achieve recognition. Polity has published many of his books including The Struggle for Recognition, Disrespect: The Normative Foundations of Critical Theory and Freedom's Right. His latest work, The Idea of Socialism (Polity, 2016), awarded the Bruno-Kreisky-Prize for the Political Book of 2015, argues for a radical renewal of socialism, freeing it from its historical and theoretical roots to pursue an ultimate aim of freedom in solidarity.