Rainer Forst

Rainer Forst is a central figure in contemporary political philosophy whose work has bridged the divide between Anglo-American thought and German critical theory. He studied under Habermas and is now regarded, along with figures such as Axel Honneth, as one of the most important contemporary representatives of the Frankfurt School tradition of critical theory. He is currently Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt and he won the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 2012 for his contribution to political philosophy. His central argument is that society forms an ‘order of justification’ that is composed of embedded logics of morality, law and politics, a framework that has allowed him to contest conventional theories of human rights, democracy and social justice. He published his important work Justification and Critique: Towards a Critical Theory of Politics with Polity in 2013.