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Alpha (Osorno)

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MARTIN, Facundo Nahuel. Debates in Contemporary Critical Theory: Recognition and Capitalism. Alpha [online]. 2019, n.49, pp.222-237. ISSN 0718-2201.  http://dx.doi.org/10.32735/s0718-2201201900049750.

In this essay I will attempt an immanent criticism of Axel Honneth´s “moral monism” from the standpoint of Moishe Postone´s categorial reading of capital. Honneth´s critics such us Nancy Fraser have pointed out that modern markets cannot be fully reconstructed in moral terms. On the basis of Postone´s immanent critique of capitalism, I will claim that it is possible to reconstruct how capitalist markets presuppose moral principles, but systematically distort their realization. Postones theory may ground a critique of the neutralization of moral consideration in the capitalist form of society. This categorial reading may, thus, alloud for a questioning of the systemic neutralization of moral concerns under capitalism.

Keywords : Honneth; Postone; capitalism; moral assumptions; fetishism.

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