Thomas Mann Fellows | 2020

Aug, Sep, Oct

Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst | Professor for Political Theory and Philosophy

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Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst was born in 1964 in Wiebaden. He is a Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, was an associate editor of Ethics for 10 years, is a member of the executive editorial committee of Political Theory, and is on the board of numerous international journals in his field. He is co-editor of the series Theorie und Gesellschaft and Normative Orders from Campus Publishers in Frankfurt.


Publications (Selection)

2017 | Normativity and Power, Oxford University Press  
2014 | Justice, Democracy and the Right to Justification, London: Bloomsbury.
2014 | The Power of Tolerance,together with Wendy Brown, New York: Columbia University Press.
2013 | Justification and Critique. Towards a Critical Theory of Politics, Polity Press
2012 | The Right to Justification. Elements of a Constructivist Theory of Justice. Columbia University Press


Awards (Selection)

2018 | Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz-Preis of the German Research Foundation (DFG)
2003 | Heisenberg-Stipendium of the DFG  Project Description


Project Description

The legitimacy of public powers: The connection of morality, law and politics   

During their stay at Thomas Mann House, Rainer Forst together with Christoph Möllers and Michael Zürn aim to describe the profound conflicts that characterize current societies and international institutions — keywords are populism, nationalism and authoritarianism — to take the opportunity to fundamentally think about the legitimacy of normative orders in the state or supranational space. In the project, “The legitimacy of public powers: The connection of morality, law and politics”, the three scholars want to combine their different fields of expertise to  to research which standards of justification are normatively appropriate and empirically practicable for which type of institutional order — and according to which standards this is measured.   


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