Axel Honneth

Mar 2020

Axel Honneth is a professor who cares deeply about his class and his work. I wanted to write a good review for him because I don't think the reviews here do him justice; I've absolutely loved coming to class every morning. He isn't a jump-around in your face professor because he doesn't need to be. He is pensive and thorough and while some people may find him repetitive, which he can be at times, he acts the way he does because he wants to make sure every single student understands what he is saying. He is also quite humorous in class, you can often find great quotes like him speaking about Hobbes as being "crazy... simply crazy." I've loved him as a professor so much this past semester, and I look forward to taking him in the spring. I will say some students don't appreciate him and find him boring, but just look him up on Wikipedia. We should be honored to take a class with someone as well-respected in his field as him.

Dec 2012

If you're interested in continental philosophy at all, take this course. Honneth is an amazing professor who knows a shitton of social philosophy. Grading depends almost entirely on the TA, which means it fluctuates a lot. In any case, it isn't too bad. Honneth himself does grade some (very few) papers, and I think he's a little harsher than one would expect (but this is probably due to differences between the American and the German grading system... I imagine there is less grade inflation in the old world.) He is, however, sometimes painfully slow in lectures. He also repeats himself a lot, which can be frustrating. He's also not terribly fluent in English, which takes some time to get used to. I also think he gets more fluent as the semester goes by. And if you do take this class, GO TO OFFICE HOURS. Honneth is incredibly nice for the academic rockstar he is, and will probably blow your mind.