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Axel Honneth and the Frankfurt School(s) 4-5 July 2024, University of Amsterdam | Organized by the Philosophy and Public Affairs Group.
Event details of Critical Theories Today
Start date
4 July 2024
End date
5 July 2024

Axel Honneth is widely seen as one of the major voices in critical theory today. His work represents both a continuation and reinterpretation of the main themes of the early Frankfurt School, as well as an opening up of this tradition. The contributions of this workshop engage with the multifaceted legacies of critical theory, in Honneth’s work and beyond.


Organized with support from the philosophy departments of the universities of Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Groningen, the Laboratoire interdisciplinaire d’études sur les réflexivités

Paris, the Duitsland-Institut, the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and the Philosophy & Public Affairs Capacitygroup

The workshop is open for all, but registration is required. Please indicate if you are interested in gaining credit as a student. Registrations with Lukas Seidler:  




4.7. Workshop (University Library, Doelenzaal)


14.00 Welcome and Introduction (Daniel Loick, Amsterdam)

14.15 Frederick Neuhouser (New York): How To Criticize Inequality: Lessons from Piketty, Chair: Daniel Loick (Amsterdam)

15.15 Break

15.30 Kristina Lepold (Berlin): What is Institutional Racism?, Chair: Veerle van Wijngaarden (Amsterdam)

16.30 Break

16.45 Lillian Cicerchia (Amsterdam): Emancipation from what and for whom? A materialist critique of recognition, Chair: Titus Stahl (Groningen)

17.45 Break


20.00 Evening Lecture: Axel Honneth (New York): One step forward, two steps back. Postcolonialism and the West, Chair: Beate Roessler (Amsterdam) (SPUI 25)

21.30 Reception (SPUI25)

Please register separately for the event at Spui25 via


5.7. Workshop (University Library, Doelenzaal)


10.00 Graduate Panel: Mathurin Schweyer (Paris), Veerle van Wijngaarden (Amsterdam), Wouter Wiersma (Groningen), Chair: Julia Christ (Paris)

12.00 Lunch Break

13.30 Federica Gregoratto (Berlin): Recognition of x. Projection, lack, transformation, Chair: Beate Roessler (Amsterdam)

14.30 Break

14.45 Jörg Schaub (Essex): Aesthetic (Mis-)Recognition: Expanding the Critical Theory of Recognition, Chair: Titus Stahl (Groningen)

15.45 Break

16.15 Juliane Rebentisch (Offenbach): Notes on Political Optics, Chair: Martin Saar (Frankfurt)

17.15 Final Remarks