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Axel Honneth (Columbia UNIVERSITY)
Early encounters with capitalism: Hegel and Fichte on political economy

2022 | 2023


MONDAY, 19 June 2023

18.00 - 19.45



Axel Honneth is the Jack B. Weinstein Professor of the Humanities at the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University. Prior to that he was professor of social philosophy at Goethe University in Frankfurt and the director of the Institute of Social Research, also placed in Frankfurt. His main research interests are in the field of social and political philosophy, where he attempts to re-actualise the insights of the classical tradition from Kant over Hegel to Marx for contemporary issues; he connects historical inquiries with more systematic questions in social and political philosophy, particularly topics around the role of struggles on mutual recognition for the social integration of modern societies. His books include a study on the constitutive function of recognition for struggles and social conflicts within modern societies (The Struggle for Recognition), a study on the social foundations of democratic life (Freedom’s Right), a study on the idea of socialism (The Idea of Socialism) and a study on the intellectual history of the notion of “recognition” in modern European thought (Recognition). He has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 2018-19 and has delivered the Tanner Lectures 2004-05 at UC Berkeley.


Photo: © Jürgen Bauer / Suhrkamp Verlag.

Meeting Address

Senate House, University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU.

meeting time

The Society’s philosophy talks take place every fortnight on Mondays throughout the academic year. Each talk starts at 18.00 and lasts for approximately an hour. The remainder of the time is dedicated to discussion, which ends at 19.45.


All of the Society’s philosophy talks are catered with fairtrade teas, coffees, and biscuits.


In line with the Society’s mission to make philosophy readily available to the general public, all talks are free and membership is not required.

Draft Papers

Following over a century of tradition, draft papers for all the talks are available in advance. Please note that draft papers can only be cited with the authors permission (see below for final publication and subscription details). The draft paper for a talk is available approximately one week prior to its schedule delivery.

Final Papers

For the past 142 years, the Proceedings has featured widely respected papers delivered by a range of prominent philosophers, such as Alfred North Whitehead, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell, A.J. Ayer, P.F. Strawson, Karl Popper, Elizabeth Anscombe, Bernard Williams, Hubert Dreyfus, Alexander Nehamas, and Onora O’Neill. Final drafts of the papers – including discussion notes and exemplary graduate papers – are published in the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society.


The venue at Senate House is wheelchair accessible and there are disabled toilet facilities on the ground floor. If you require a disabled parking space, or a hearing loop, please contact in advance, so that we can reserve these for you. Service animals are also welcome.