L'idea di socialismo

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The idea of socialism

Marco Solinas, Axel Honneth

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The idea of socialism had animated great social and political achievements. He had shown that fighting is right, that change is possible. Then the tragedies of communism had clouded it, and the well-being of capitalism had outclassed its wildest expectations. The scenario of contemporary capitalism has abruptly awakened us from our comfortable illusions. The reality of the neoliberal world is made up of striking economic inequality, blatant exploitation of labor, unlimited precariousness of existences. And so, to polarize the experience of individuals and the words of a difficult recovery policy are the needs of justice, equality, sharing that we had unlearned to perceive, even to name. Needs that the idea of socialism had placed at the center of his gaze on society and man. In these pages Axel Honneth, one of the greatest contemporary philosophers, main heir of the prestigious Frankfurt School, comes to terms with the idea of socialism, giving us a clear and courageous, rigorous and very topical reading of it. Honneth frees her first of all from her nineteenth-century legacies, from her ties with a waning industrial world, from her debts towards a mythology of history made up of infallible laws and unfounded optimism. And he brings it into our world, confronts it with the complexity of our time, makes it dialogue with the laws of a market that does not demonize but rather indicates it as an unprecedented vector of emancipation. Above all, Axel Honneth brings the idea of socialism back to its oldest and most urgent core, that of a freedom that is realized in belonging and in the recognition of each and every one. In a word, the core of a freedom that rhymes with solidarity.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The idea of socialism
Original languageItalian
Number of pages155
ISBN (Print)9788807105203
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series



  • Political philosophy
  • Socialism


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