In this paper I discuss the relevance of the Hegelian notion of progress in relation to problems in present-day discussions of critical theory. I discuss Honneth’s attempt to maintain the Hegelian notion of progress without subscribing to its metaphysical foundations. I argue that Honneth’s strategies are not likely to succeed and that he does not actually need the robust notion of progress in order for his critical theory to have significant implications. It will, however, force critical theory to rearticulate its aims. Critical theory reveals norms for locating disagreement rather than solving conflicts.
Dialectics, Selfconsciousness, and Recognition: Hegelian Legacy, 2009, p. 201-227