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Starting from the concept of justification as a basic social practice, Forst develops a theory of political and social justice, human rights and democracy, as well as of power and of critique itself. In so doing, he engages in a critique of a number of contemporary approaches in political philosophy and critical theory. Finally, he also addresses the question of the utopian horizon of social criticism.
Table of Contents
- Introduction: On the Idea of a Critique of Relations of Justification
- Radical Justice
- 1. Two Pictures of Justice
- 2. The Justification of Human Rights and the Basic Right to Justification: A Reflexive Approach
- 3. The Normative Order of Justice and Peace
- Justification, Recognition and Critique
- 4. The Ground of Critique: On the Concept of Human Dignity in Social Orders of Justification
- 5. First Things First: Redistribution, Recognition and Justification
- 6. ‘To Tolerate Means to Insult’: Toleration, Recognition and Emancipation
- Beyond Justice
- 7. The Injustice of Justice: Normative Dialectics According to Ibsen, Cavell and Adorno
- 8. Republicanism of Fear and of Redemption: On the Topicality of Hannah Arendt’s Political Theory
- 9. Utopia and Irony: On the Normativity of a Political Philosophy of ‘No-where’