How to criticize? On Honneth’s method

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How to criticize? On Honneth’s method. / Carleheden, Mikael.

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Carleheden, M 2021, 'How to criticize? On Honneth’s method', Distinktion. https://doi.org/10.1080/1600910X.2020.1779100

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Carleheden, M. (2021). How to criticize? On Honneth’s method. Distinktion. https://doi.org/10.1080/1600910X.2020.1779100

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Carleheden M. How to criticize? On Honneth’s method. Distinktion. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1080/1600910X.2020.1779100

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Carleheden, Mikael. / How to criticize? On Honneth’s method. I: Distinktion. 2021.

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abstract = "This article investigates the meaning and role of social critique in the social sciences. This form of theorizing has always been a significant part of the social sciences. Due to the scientific ideal of value neutrality, however, the manner in which social criticism is conducted is seldom discussed. I claim that the value-neutrality ideal rests on a conception of normative subjectivism that can be challenged by turning to some notion of practical reason. However, there is no need to turn to any strong notion of reason; instead, I use the term {\textquoteleft}normative reasoning{\textquoteright}. The main question posed in the article then becomes: What is it that we do when we reason in a normative manner in the social sciences? The first part of the article addresses Axel Honneth{\textquoteright}s {\textquoteleft}Grand Social Theory of Modernity{\textquoteright} in Freedom{\textquoteright}s Right. His procedure in the book is treated as a significant case of normative reasoning. I investigate his method of {\textquoteleft}reconstruction{\textquoteright} by comparing it primarily to the methods of {\textquoteleft}construction{\textquoteright} and {\textquoteleft}genealogy{\textquoteright}. The second part of the article is a critical discussion of Honneth{\textquoteright}s method of normative reasoning. My main criticism is that, despite his intentions, his procedure is overly constructivist in the sense that it prevents a disclosure of ongoing transformations of ethical life. In the conclusion, I argue for a pluralistic methodology; different ways of normative reasoning should be used to solve different kinds of normative problems.",
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