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Normativity and Power : Analyzing Social Orders of Justification - by Rainer Forst (Hardcover)

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Humans are justificatory beings - they offer, demand, and require justifications. The rules and institutions they follow rest on justification narratives that have evolved over time and, taken together, constitute a dynamic and tension-laden normative order. In this collection of essays, the first translation into English of the ground-breaking Normativitat und Macht (Suhrkamp 2015), Rainer Forst presents a new approach to critical theory. Each essay reflects on the basic principles that guide our normative thinking. Forst's argument goes beyond '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 restrict the space of justifications for others. By combining insights from the disciplines of philosophy, history, and the social sciences, Forst revaluates theories of justice, as well as of power, and provides the tools for a critical theory of relations of justification.
Number of Pages: 193
Genre: Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement, Political Science
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Author: Rainer Forst
Language: English
Street Date: January 13, 2018
TCIN: 53232231
UPC: 9780198798873
Item Number (DPCI): 248-58-0704
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