Normativity and Power - Toward an analysis of the social rules of justification
ca. 300 pages
Rainer Forst is professor for Political Theory and Philosophy at the Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main.
Rainer Forst has developed a theory of radical justice, human rights and democracy as well as of power and criticism itself.
English world rights (Oxford University Press)
An analysis of the social rules of justification
People are justificatory beings; they orient themselves according to reasons. The rules and institutions with which they comply are based on historically formed justification-narratives and together create a tension-filled and dynamic normative order. Moving beyond the traditional dichotomies of “idealistic” and “realistic” theories, Rainer Forst shows how closely the concepts of normativity and power are connected: power is based on the ability to influence, determine, and eventually finalize the justificatory space of others. A critical theory of justification must therefore question the reasons behind power relationships and, from there, consider more just rules of behavior.
English world rights (Polity), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Saraiva), Arabic world rights (Librairie Orientale), Italy (Trauben)
English world rights (Columbia UP), Chinese simplex rights (Chongqing Publishing)
English world rights (Cambridge UP), Spanish world rights (Paidos), Chinese simplex rights (Chongqing Publishing)
English world rights (California UP), Chinese simplex rights (Chongqing Publishing), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Boitempo)