Immanent teleologies versus historical regressions: Some political remarks on Honneth’s Hegelianism

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Abstract

The article is focused on Honneth’s teleology of history, presented as a historical process of gradual realization of an immanent normative ‘telos’, and not only as a form of axiological evaluation of events and social institutions. The author aims to show that this teleology implies a series of problems both on the level of historical analysis and with respect to the theoretical-political and critical-social outcomes of the new Hegelian critical theory. Particularly, it seems to marginalize the contingent character of historical-political conflicts and the related possibility of regressive implications and consequences of such conflicts, leading to a de-politicization of the immanent theoretical framework at stake.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-664
Number of pages10
JournalPHILOSOPHY & SOCIAL CRITICISM
Volume46
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Hegelianism
  • Honneth
  • immanent criticism
  • regression
  • teleology of history

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