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ABRIL, Francisco. Rethinking Domination. Axel Honneth and the Legacy of Critical Theory. Rev. mex. cienc. polít. soc [online]. 2018, vol.63, n.232, pp.103-128. ISSN 0185-1918.

This article refers to the concept of domination in the social theory of Axel Honneth aiming at reconstructing this concept along Honneth’s intellectual trajectory. Methodologically, we carry forward a “rational-historical reconstruction” in two stages: the texts of the 1980s and the 1990s, and those from 2000 onwards. We start from the supposition that his thought contains significant elements to formulate a new Critical Theory of domination, which emphasizes the “bilateral” relations of domination rather than its instrumental character. Indeed, in the texts of the first stage there are specific considerations allowing to reconsider the concept. Our main contribution was to identify and articulate them. However, one of our most relevant conclusions is that in the texts of the second stage many of these ideas become blurred and the author risks returning to an already travelled path.

Keywords : Axel Honneth; Critical Theory; domination; power; reification.

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