Wednesday, February 14, 2018
In Alternet, Michael Bader reviews Peter Gabel's The Desire for Mutual Recognition: Social Movements and the Dissolution of the False Self.
Through illuminating the drawbacks of liberalism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, existentialism, and deconstruction, Gabel urges us to create a social movement that expresses and honors our deepest longings for love, understanding and recognition. Recognition is at the heart of Gabel’s theory. He posits that it is in the nature of “being” (Heidegger’s concept of Dasein), manifesting itself from the first instant of life, before language and representational thought, that human beings long for mutual recognition.
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