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Empathie und eigene Sorgen: Wie solidarisch ist unsere Gesellschaft nach außen?

31 January 2011, 7.30pm

Frankfurter Rundschau / Depot Sachsenhausen / Karl-Gerold-Platz 1 / Frankfurt am Main

Conceptualising justice beyond national borders represents a major extension of the standard of justice. At the latest since the globalisation debate of the mid-1990s it has been generally recognised that neither questions of international nor of domestic justice can be answered from a national perspective. The classical concept of ‘development aid’ was superseded by the concept of ‘global structural policy’ which features prominently in the reform of supranational institutions such as the World Bank and the IMF. With the rise of the emerging economies, densely populated countries have made efforts to escape the poverty trap, an advance which at the same time represents a challenge for the industrialised countries to arrive at a generalisable regime of resource and energy use. But how extensive is our duty of solidarity? Does the current economic and financial crisis outweigh our responsibility towards others? And which institutions require a policy of international justice in order to achieve their goals?

The panel

Nicole Deitelhoff is Professor of International Relations and Theories of Global Regulatory Policy of the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’.

Tom Koenigs (Alliance 90/The Greens) is Chairman of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid and is a member of the Defence Committee in the German Bundestag.

Moderator: Dr. Christian Schlüter (FR)

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Anmerkungen zu einem grundlegenden Verhältnis

13 December 2010, 7.30pm

Frankfurter Rundschau / Depot Sachsenhausen / Karl-Gerold-Platz 1 / Frankfurt am Main

What does occupational justice involve? In his theory of recognition, Axel Honneth develops a differentiated conception of good or successful identity-formation. Fundamental to his approach are the three dimensions of social recognition, namely love, legal equality and social esteem, which are crucial for a good life. The social basic structure can be examined as to whether it makes a good life possible for its members or whether it is fundamentally deficient with regard to recognition. In the special case of work relations, deficiencies in recognition could be the result of the low social esteem attached to certain occupations, such as geriatric care, housework or the service sector. In modern times, however, social esteem as a form of recognition is no longer guaranteed, according to Honneth. He traces this back to the fact that professional fields are not organised into solidarity-based groups which have agreed upon shared, honourable values, and he asks: ‘How would the category of social labour have to be integrated into the framework of a social theory in order to give rise to a not just utopian prospect of qualitative improvements?’

The speaker

Axel Honneth is Professor of Social Philosophy and Executive Director of the Institute of Social Research.

Moderator: Dr. Christian Schlüter (FR)

Bilder der Gerechtigkeit

Zum Verständnis der ersten Tugend sozialer Institutionen

29 November 2010, 7.30pm

Frankfurter Rundschau / Depot Sachsenhausen / Karl-Gerold-Platz 1 / Frankfurt am Main

Rainer Forst develops his approach to justice in contrast to the popular maxim ‘to each his own’. In doing so he emphasises four aspects. First, the issue of production: Which goods should be produced and how should their production be organised? Second, the political dimension of justice: Who determines the structures of production and distribution? Third, the participation necessary for this: claims to goods and social positions must be established by discursive means in procedures of justification. Fourth, cases in which scarcity of goods is the result of mechanisms of injustice are often not sufficiently distinguished from those where, for example, it is caused by natural disasters. In this way acts of moral solidarity can be mistaken for acts of justice. Thus it must be concluded that justice is primarily concerned with intersubjective relations and structures and not with providing goods. Only through a careful consideration of the first question of justice – the justifiability of social relations and of how the ‘power of justification’ is distributed in the political domain – is a critical conception of justice possible.

The speaker
Rainer Forst is the Speaker of the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’ at the Goethe University Frankfurt and Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy.

Moderator: Dr. Christian Schlüter (FR)

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