Justification and Critique
Towards a Critical Theory of Politics
1. Edition October 2013
2013. 240 Pages, Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-7456-5228-3 - John Wiley & Sons
Rainer Forst develops a critical theory capable of deciphering thedeficits and potentials inherent in contemporary political reality.This calls for a perspective which is immanent to social andpolitical practices and at the same time transcends them. Forstregards society as a whole as an 'order ofjustification' comprising complexes of different normsreferring to institutions and corresponding practices ofjustification. The task of a 'critique of relations ofjustification', therefore, is to analyse such legitimationswith regard to their validity and genesis and to explore the socialand political asymmetries leading to inequalities in the'justification power' which enables persons or groupsto contest given justifications and to create new ones.Starting from the concept of justification as a basic socialpractice, Forst develops a theory of political and social justice,human rights and democracy, as well as of power and of critiqueitself. In so doing, he engages in a critique of a number ofcontemporary approaches in political philosophy and criticaltheory. Finally, he also addresses the question of the utopianhorizon of social criticism.
From the contents
* Sources* Preface* Introduction: On the Idea of a Critique of Relations ofJustification* I.* Radical Justice* 1. Two Pictures of Justice* 2. The Justification of Human Rights and the Basic Right toJustification: A Reflexive Approach* 3. The Normative Order of Justice and Peace* II.* Justification, Recognition and Critique* 4. The Ground of Critique: On the Concept of Human Dignity inSocial Orders of Justification* 5. First Things First: Redistribution, Recognition andJustification* 6. 'To Tolerate Means to Insult': Toleration,Recognition and Emancipation* III.* Beyond Justice* 7. The Injustice of Justice: Normative Dialectics According toIbsen, Cavell and Adorno* 8. Republicanism of Fear and of Redemption: On the Topicalityof Hannah Arendt's Political Theory* 9. Utopia and Irony: On the Normativity of a PoliticalPhilosophy of 'No-where'* Bibliography* Index