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ERIC Number: EJ780303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0013-2004
Critical Adult Education and the Political-Philosophical Debate between Nancy Fraser and Axel Honneth
Huttunen, Rauno
Educational Theory, v57 n4 p423-433 Nov 2007
Critical adult education is inspired by Paulo Freire's educational writings. For him, the aim of the pedagogy of the oppressed is to emancipate people from social and economic repression. Critical adult education is intellectual work that aims to make the world more just. One might ask what exactly justice and injustice mean here, however. Is the work against social injustice mainly concerned with the redistribution of material goods or recognition and respect? This is the issue debated by Nancy Fraser and Axel Honneth. Honneth claims that in the context of social justice, recognition is a fundamental, overarching moral category and redistribution is derivative. Fraser denies that distribution could be subsumed under recognition and introduces a "perspectival dualist" analysis of social justice that considers the two categories (redistribution and recognition) as equally fundamental, mutually irreducible dimensions of justice. In this essay, Rauno Huttunen reflects on the relation between maldistribution and misrecognition, in order to think through critical adult education's task in fighting against social injustice. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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