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Normativity and Power: Analyzing Social Orders of Justification

Rainer Forst


Humans are justificatory beings—they offer, demand, and require justifications. The rules and institutions we follow rest on narratives that have evolved over time and, taken together, constitute a dynamic and tension-laden normative order. This book presents a new approach to critical theory. Each chapter reflects on the basic principles that guide our normative thinking. The book's argument goes beyond obsolete “ideal” and “realist” theories and shows how closely the concepts of normativity and power are interrelated, and how power rests on the capacity to influence, determine, and possibly ... More

Keywords: justifications, critical theory, normative thinking, normativity, power, theories of justice, justification narratives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198798873
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198798873.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rainer Forst, author
Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy, Goethe University Frankfurt