The Experience of Injustice

A Theory of Recognition

; Richard A. Lynch (Oversetter)

Serie: New Directions in Critical Theory 70

In The Experience of Injustice, the French philosopher Emmanuel Renault opens an important new chapter in critical theory. He brings together political theory, critical social science, and a keen sense of the power of popular movements to offer a forceful vision of social justice. Les mer
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In The Experience of Injustice, the French philosopher Emmanuel Renault opens an important new chapter in critical theory. He brings together political theory, critical social science, and a keen sense of the power of popular movements to offer a forceful vision of social justice. Questioning normative political philosophy's conception of justice, Renault gives an account of injustice as the denial of recognition, placing the experience of social suffering at the heart of contemporary critical theory.

Inspired by Axel Honneth, Renault argues that a radicalized version of Honneth's ethics of recognition can provide a systematic alternative to the liberal-democratic projects of such thinkers as Rawls and Habermas. Renault reformulates Honneth's theory as a framework founded on experiences of injustice. He develops a complex, psychoanalytically rich account of suffering, disaffiliation, and identity loss to explain these experiences as denials of recognition, linking everyday injustice to a robust defense of the politicization of identity in social struggles. Engaging contemporary French and German critical theory alongside interdisciplinary tools from sociology, psychoanalysis, socialist political theory, social-movement theory, and philosophy, Renault articulates the importance of a theory of recognition for the resurgence of social critique.

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Translator's Note
Preface
Introduction: Political Philosophy and the Clinic of Injustice
Part I: Injustice and the Denial of Recognition
1. Social Movements and Critique of Politics
2. The Aporias of Social Justice
3. The Institutions of Injustice
Part II: The Politics of Identity and Politics in Identity
4. Identity as the Experience of Injustice
5. A Defense of Identity Politics
Part III: Social Suffering
6. Social Critique as a Voice for Suffering
7. Recognition and Psychic Suffering
Conclusion: Critique as a Voice Against Injustice
Notes
Index

Om forfatteren

Emmanuel Renault is professor of philosophy at University of Paris-Nanterre. His books in English include Social Suffering: Sociology, Psychology, Politics (2017) and The Return of Work in Critical Theory: Self, Society, Politics (Columbia, 2018).

Richard A. Lynch is author of Foucault's Critical Ethics (2016) and translator of Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel's The Death of Philosophy: Reference and Self-Reference in Contemporary Thought (Columbia, 2011).