CFS Lecture by Vladimir Pinheiro Safatle: "From Hegel to Honneth … and back: the limits of the contemporary debate on recognition"

In the last two decades recognition - arguably one of the most central notions of the dialectical tradition since Hegel - has once again become a crucial philosophical theme. Nevertheless, the new theories of recognition failed to provide room for reflection on transformation processes in politics and morality. In this paper, I would like to recover the disruptive nature of the dialectical tradition by means of a severe critique of the dominance of an anthropology of the individual identity in contemporary theories of recognition. This critique implies a thorough rethinking of basic concepts such as desire and negativity as we can find them in Hegel.