Prof Dr Rainer Forst

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Prof Dr Rainer Forst

Co-Director, GU Frankfurt am Main

Rainer Forst is Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at Goethe-University, Co-director of the Cluster of Excellence on the "Formation of Normative Orders", Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Bad Homburg and Director of the Leibniz Research Group “Transnational Justice”.

He works on questions of practical reason and the foundation of morality as well as on basic concepts of normative political theory, esp. justice, toleration and democracy.

His publications include "Contexts of Justice" (Suhrkamp 1994, University of California Press 2002), "Toleration in Conflict" (Suhrkamp 2003, Cambridge UP 2013), "The Right to Justification" (Suhrkamp 2007, Columbia UP 2012), "Justification and Critique" (Suhrkamp 2011, Polity Press 2013), "Justice, Democracy and Justification. Rainer Forst in Dialogue", (Bloomsbury Academic 2014, book with an essay "Two Pictures of Justice", six critical contributions by A. Sangiovanni, A. Allen, K. Olson, A.S. Laden, E. Erman, S. Caney and an elaborte reply "Justifying Justification: Reply to My Critics"), "The Power of Tolerance" (together with Wendy Brown, Columbia University Press 2014) as well as "Normativity and Power" (Suhrkamp 2015, Oxford University Press 2017). For the complete list of publications click here. In 2012 Rainer Forst was awarded the Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz Prize, which is the most important research award the German Research Foundation (DFG) accords.

He also serves as an Associate Editor of Ethics and the European Journal of Political Theory and co-edits the series "Theorie und Gesellschaft" and "Normative Orders" (Campus). Additionally, he is a member of the editor boards of Constellations, Contemporary Political Theory, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Philosophisches Jahrbuch, Zeitschrift für Menschenrechte, European Political Science Review, Journal of Global Constitutionalism, Ethics and Global Politics, Public Reason.