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ReificationA New Look At An Old Idea$
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Axel Honneth

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320466

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320466.001.0001

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Philosophical Anthropology and Social Criticism

Philosophical Anthropology and Social Criticism

(p.120) Philosophical Anthropology and Social Criticism

Raymond Guess

Oxford University Press

As “intellectualism” refers to the way humans are able to form and systematically evaluate beliefs, John Dewey asserted that Western philosophy can be associated with a certain “intellectualist” bias. This chapter exhibits the attempts to look into the vital properties of human beings such as the essentials about the human way of life, human characteristics, and other such information. In examining the historical background of his rethinking of reification and how this concept is related to the concepts of cognition and recognition, Honneth attempts to provide an analysis that extends to two interrelated subplots: the philosophical anthropology observed in the West and the emergence of a different kind of social criticism.

Keywords:   intellectualism, intellectualist bias, human beings, way of life, cognition, recognition, reification, philosophical anthropology, West, social criticism

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