• On the Role of the Political Theorist Regarding Global Injustice
    with Katrin Flikschuh, Darrel Moellendorf, Valentin Beck, and Julian Culp
    Global Justice : Theory Practice Rhetoric 6. 2014.
    Interview of Katrin Flikschuh, Rainer Forst and Darrel Moellendorf by Valentin Beck and Julian Culp for Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric
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    In this paper, I discuss the conception of “institutional moral theory” that Allen Buchanan lays out in his work. I argue that it moves within a trilemma of grounding. The trilemma arises because the three routes to grounding we find in Buchanan’s works – the anthropological route appealing to human nature, the liberal route appealing to liberal values and the institutionalist route appealing to practice-immanent values – are mutually exclusive. But more than that, each horn of the trilemma enco…Read more
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    Die neorepublikanische Maschine
    In Violetta L. Waibel, Margit Ruffing & David Wagner (eds.), Natur Und Freiheit. Akten des Xii. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses, De Gruyter. pp. 663-674. 2018.
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    Eine kritische Theorie transnationaler Gerechtigkeit
    In Julian Nida-Rümelin, Detlef Daniels & Nicole Wloka (eds.), Internationale Gerechtigkeit Und Institutionelle Verantwortung, De Gruyter. pp. 43-66. 2019.
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    Der Grund der Begründung, oder: Vernunft und Lebenswelt (review)
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 67 (2): 313-316. 2019.
    Name der Zeitschrift: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie Jahrgang: 67 Heft: 2 Seiten: 313-316.
  • Das Recht der Negativität
    In Thomas Khurana, Dirk Quadflieg, Juliane Rebentisch, Dirk Setton & Francesca Raimondi (eds.), Negativität: Kunst - Recht - Politik, Suhrkamp. pp. 196-206. 2018.
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    Noumenal Power
    Las Torres de Lucca. International Journal of Political Philosophy 8 (14): 161-185. 2019.
    The same as with many other concepts, once one considers the concept of power more closely, fundamental questions arise, such as whether a power relation is necessarily a relation of subordination and domination, a view that makes it difficult to identify legitimate forms of the exercise of power. To contribute to conceptual as well as normative clarification, I suggest a novel way to conceive of power. I argue that we only understand what power is and how it is exercised once we understand its …Read more
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    Der Sinn und der Grund der Menschenrechte
    In Reza Mosayebi (ed.), Kant Und Menschenrechte, De Gruyter. pp. 241-266. 2018.
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    Moralische Autonomie und Autonomie der Moral. Zu einer Theorie der Normativitat nach Kant
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 52 (2): 179. 2004.
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    The Justification of Basic Rights
    Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy 45 (3): 7-28. 2016.
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    What Does it Mean to Justify Basic Rights?
    Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy 45 (3): 76-90. 2016.
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    Moral Autonomy and the Autonomy of Morality: Toward a Theory of Normativity After Kant
    Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 26 (1): 65-88. 2005.
    The original German version appeared as “Moralische Autonomie und Autonomie der Moral: Zu einer Theorie der Normativität nach Kant,” Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 52:2, pp. 179-97. The editors gratefully acknowledge permission granted by Akademie Verlag to publish the present version.
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    First Things First Redistribution, Recognition and Justification
    European Journal of Political Theory 6 (3): 291-304. 2007.
    This article analyses the debate between Nancy Fraser and Axel Honneth in a dialectical fashion. Their controversy about how to construct a critical theory of justice is not just one about the proper balance between `redistribution' and `recognition', it also involves basic questions of social ontology. Differing both from Fraser's `twodimensional' view of `participatory parity' and from Honneth's `monistic' theory of recognition, the article argues for a third view of `justificatory monism and …Read more
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    This article argues that alienation should be understood as a particular form of individual and social heteronomy that can only be overcome by a dialectical combination of individual and collective autonomy, recovering a deontological sense of normative authority. If we think about alienation in Kantian terms, the main source of alienation is a denial of standing or, in the extreme, losing a sense of oneself as a rational normative authority equal to all others. I call the former kind of alienat…Read more
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    Political Liberalism: A Kantian View
    Ethics 128 (1): 123-144. 2017.
    This article suggests a Kantian reading of Rawls’s Political Liberalism. As much as Rawls distanced himself from a presentation of his theory in terms of a comprehensive Kantian moral doctrine, we ought to read it as a noncomprehensive Kantian moral-political theory. According to the latter approach, the liberal conception of justice is compatible with a plurality of comprehensive doctrines as long as they share the independently defined and grounded essentials of that conception of justice—that…Read more
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    In this article, I address the various objections raised by Simone Chambers, Stephen White and Lea Ypi concerning my version of a critical theory of politics. I explain the basic assumptions that inform my account of a critique of relations of justification, its particular method and aims.
  • _Contexts of Justice,_ highly acclaimed when it was published in Germany, provides a significant new intervention into the important debate between communitarianism and liberalism. Rainer Forst argues for a theory of "contexts of justice" that leads beyond the narrow confines of this debate as it has been understood until now and posits the possibility of a new conception of social and political justice. This book brings refreshing clarity to a complex topic as it provides a synthesis of traditi…Read more
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    Committed critical theory: Some thoughts on Stephen White’s A Democratic Bearing
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 44 (2): 126-130. 2018.
    In this article, I comment on Stephen White’s version of critical theory as presented in A Democratic Bearing. I specifically focus on his version of the “colonization thesis” and the social analysis this leads to. I also scrutinize his normative framework, especially the claim of non-foundationalism and the difference between his view and Kantian discourse theory.
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    What is important in theorizing tolerance today?
    with Wendy Brown, Jan Dobbernack, Tariq Modood, Glen Newey, Andrew F. March, and Lars Tønder
    Contemporary Political Theory 14 (2): 159-196. 2015.
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    The Power of Tolerance: A Debate
    with Wendy Brown
    Columbia University Press. 2014.
    Does it transform conflicts into productive tensions, or does it perpetuate underlying power relations? To what extent does tolerance hide its involvement with power and act as a form of depoliticization?
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    How (not) to speak about identity: The concept of the person in a theory of justice
    Philosophy and Social Criticism 18 (3-4): 293-312. 1992.
  • Political freedom
    Filosoficky Casopis 43 (6): 1007-1027. 1995.
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    Politische Freiheit
    Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 44 (2): 211-228. 1996.