Opening Lecture Hegel and Marx: A Reevaluation after a Century. Opening Lecture with Axel Honneth

We are sorry to announce that Axel Honneth had to cancel his Stockholm visit because of illness. However, the opening event will take place, and Honneth's lecture, which he kindly sent to us in a completed form, will be presented by his colleague Frederick Neuhouser. Afterwards we will have an open discussion of the lecture, followed by the opening reception.


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Hegel och Marx - en omvärdering efter 100 år
 

Jämförelsen mellan Hegels socialfilosofi och Marx samhällsteori sker idag under helt annorlunda villkor än för 50 eller 100 år sedan. Under de senaste decennierna gjordes en rad nytolkningar av båda verken vilket tillåter oss att undersöka huruvida dessa filosofer hade kunnat lära av varandra.
 
Med denna hittills ovanliga attityd kommer jag i mitt föredrag att undersöka Marx och Hegels samhällsteorier och möjligheten att göra en ömsesidig komplettering. Min utgångspunkt är de samhällsfilosofiska premisserna som tjänade som teoretisk bas för både Marx och Hegels diagnos av det moderna samhället (I). I nästa steg kommer jag först att tala om fördelen med Hegels samhällsteori gentemot Marx (II) innan jag byter perspektiv till Marx kapitalismanalys och dess förtjänster (III). I anslutning till de sistnämnda reflexionerna vill jag kortfattat ta upp frågan under vilka förutsättningar och i vilken form dessa ansatser skulle kunna komplettera varandra på ett fruktbart sätt.
 

Hegel and Marx.
A Reevaluation after a Century
 
A comparison between Hegel’s social philosophy and Marx’s social theory is subject to entirely different conditions today than it was fifty or a hundred years ago; for in recent decades a number of reinterpretations of both works has been carried out which now allows us to examine the relationship between the two thinkers focusing on where they could have learnt from one another.

In this still unfamiliar attitude I would like to consider in my talk whether the social theories of Marx and Hegel could be mutually complementary. I will start with the premises of Hegel’s and Marx’s philosophy of history, which served as a theoretical foundation for both their diagnoses of modern society (I). In the next step I will then first speak about the merits of Hegel’s social theory in comparison to that of Marx (II), before, in a way, inverting the perspective in a further step in order to take into account the merits of Marx’s analysis of capitalism (III). Only in the context of these final reflections I briefly want to raise the question at last under what conditions and in what form the two approaches can be put into a relationship of productive complementarity.


Axel Honneth Axel Honneth © Pressestelle Goethe-Universität Axel Honneth is professor of philosophy at the University of Frankfurt and Columbia University, New York, and director of the Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt. His fields of expertise comprise of political philosophy, ethics and social theory and he has had a major impact on the field of critical social philosophy with his theory of recognition. His numerous books include Kampf um Anerkennung (1992), Das Recht der Freiheit (2011) and Die Idee des Sozialismus (2015).


The lecture will be followed by a reception in our library.

 

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