In chapters 5 and 6 Forst applies his justificatory framework to the subjects of, respectively, political liberty and multicultural toleration.
In chapter 4, ‘The Justification of Justice,’ Forst positions his constructivist theory of justice in relation to Rawls’ Political Liberalism and Habermas’ Discourse Theory. In the first part of the chapter, Forst discusses the famous ‘family quarrel’ between Rawls and Habermas. On the basis of this discussion, Forst further develops his own constructivist approach of justice as a critical theory of justice. In this contribution, I will not go into Forst’s very interesting and detailed take on the debate between Rawls and Habermas. Instead, I will mainly focus on Forts’ critique on Rawls and Habermas and his alternative approach to justice.
Hello everyone, I am sending the comments on Chapter 2 and Chapter 3 on behalf of Ali Emre Benli. He has written this part and he apologizes for the delay. I am sending only the summary of Chapter 2 and 3 now and he will post the points for discussion later today, in the meantime if anyone has points of discussion or questions feel free to post.
Chapter 2 Moral Autonomy and The Autonomy of Morality -Toward a theory of normativity after Kant
In chapter 2 Forst expands on the fundamental question of justifying morality: ‘Why be moral?’. For Forst, it is fundamental as it determines the validity of moral norms and moral action in general (44) Basically there are two ways to approach the question: you can search for an instrumental answer which rests on empirical factors and entails hypothetical imperatives or you can search for an autonomous morality that entail unconditional norms. Forst argues for the latter in accordance with the general understanding of morality that it prescribes unconditionally binding norms. (p.44), Lees de rest van dit artikel »
In the ‘Introduction’ to The Right to Justification, Forst provides the main outline of his constructivist theory of justice and he positions his theory in relation to existing theories of justice. In Chapter 1 ‘Practical Reason and Justifying Reason,’ Forst aims to provide a moral foundation of the right to justification. In addition, he discusses how his moral theory can be truly practical, i.e. how it can motivate people to treat others as justifying beings. In this blog-post. I will briefly discuss the main arguments put forward by Forst, and raise some points for discussion.
Over the next weeks, we will discuss Rainer Forst’s latest book The Right to Justification: Elements of a Constructivist Theory of Justice. In this post I will briefly introduce the main thesis of the book. In the next post, which I will put online tonight, I will discuss the first chapter. I hope many of you will join us to discuss this book in detail!
In The Right to Justification, Rainer Forst presents a constructivist theory of justice, which is rooted in the basic moral right to justification. Lees de rest van dit artikel »
The answer, according to an interesting piece published at the Hufftington Post Blog, is that studying philosophy at high school will lead to a better public debate and a better society. I disagreed with a few details – like the statement that “anger — in both politics and everyday life — is largely a reaction to fear” – in my view, anger is also often a reaction against (perceived) injustice. But apart from such quibles: free advertisement for our professional calling, which I welcome in this day and age where the societal (economic) ‘impact’ or usefulness of a discipline seems to determine most of its perceived value.