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Series on Justice: What does justice mean today?

It seems as though justice has won the contest over which good should count as the supreme social good. We encounter justice in the most diverse domains as an ideal to which different, and often conflicting, social actors appeal. For example, all participants in the discussion over the reform of the welfare state without exception justify their conflicting positions – whether in support of reform, retrenchment or expansion – by appeal to precepts of justice. Most of our judgements about what is just are intuitive, for example when we say that in society – whether in the education system or the labour market – equality of opportunity should prevail or that performance should be rewarded. At the same time, the theory of justice shows us how diverse the corresponding justifications and orientations can be.

A systematic treatment of what is meant by political and social justice can serve as a benchmark and orientation for many current debates. It is also important to balance repeatedly the competing claims in different fields against each other – from educational and occupational justice to environmental justice, from international justice to intergenerational justice. The series ‘What does justice mean today?’ will combine basic considerations with practical approaches and local references in these fields. Issues of justice are among the central research topics of the co-organiser of this series, the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’. A major focus is current conflicts over the formation of a new global order, which are fuelled to a large extent by the demands of human beings for justice. Here, too, a decisive role is played by the diverse and often conflicting convictions of the parties to the conflict concerning a just social order and how it is justified.

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What does justice mean today?

It seems as though justice has won the contest over which good should count as the supreme social good. We encounter justice in the most diverse domains as an ideal to which different, and often conflicting, social actors appeal. For example, all participants in the discussion over the reform of the welfare state without exception justify their conflicting positions – whether in support of reform, retrenchment or expansion – by appeal to precepts of justice. Most of our judgements about what is just are intuitive, for example when we say that in society – whether in the education system or the labour market – equality of opportunity should prevail or that performance should be rewarded. At the same time, the theory of justice shows us how diverse the corresponding justifications and orientations can be.

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Programme:

15 November 2010, 7.30pm
Round table
Was heißt Gerechtigkeit heute? Zur Aktualität eines umkämpften Ideals
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29 November 2010, 7.30pm
Lecture
Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst (Sprecher des Exzellenzcluster „Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen“)
Bilder der Gerechtigkeit. Zum Verständnis der ersten Tugend sozialer Institutionen
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6 December 2010, 7.30pm
Round table
Die neue Klassenfrage. Strategien gegen Bildungsarmut: Schulsystem und soziale Blockaden
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13 December 2010, 7.30pm
Lecture
Prof. Dr. Axel Honneth (Exzellenzcluster „Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen“)
Arbeit und Anerkennung. Anmerkungen zu einem grundlegenden Verhältnis
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17 January 2011, 7.30pm
Round table
Ökologie als soziale Frage. Environmental Justice: Wen trifft der Klimawandel?
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24 January 2011, 7.30pm
Lecture
Prof. Dr. Stefan Gosepath (Exzellenzcluster „Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen“)
Rechnung auf morgen. Schuldenfalle und Zukunftsinvestitionen: Was schulden wir zukünftigen Generationen?
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31 January 2011, 7.30pm
Round table
An anderen Orten. Empathie und eigene Sorgen: Wie solidarisch ist unsere Gesellschaft nach außen?
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7 February 2011, 7.30pm
Round table
Frankfurt is it! Wem gehört die Stadt? Gerechtigkeit und kulturelle Teilhabe
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Frankfurter Rundschau / Depot Sachsenhausen / Karl-Gerold-Platz 1 / Frankfurt am Main

An anderen Orten

 

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)

Frankfurt is it!

Wem gehört die Stadt?
Gerechtigkeit und kulturelle Teilhabe

7 February 2011, 7.30pm

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

The concluding podium discussion is devoted to the issue of cultural participation. What cultural means do we wish to or are we compelled to mobilise in response to the precarious social situation? What does ‘participation’ mean and how can we achieve genuine access for all? What role does financing, and thus the problem of redistribution, play in this? What forms could cultural integration take? Emancipatory, encouraging, educational? And what are people’s concrete experiences in Frankfurt?

The panel

Alexander Brill is an actor and stage director and the founder and director of the theaterperipherie and the laiensclub at the Schauspiel Frankfurt.

Clémentine Deliss is Director of the Frankfurt Museum of World Cultures since 2010.

Christoph Menke is Professor of Philosophy with a concentration on ‘Practical Philosophy’ in the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’ at the Goethe University Frankfurt.

Felix Semmelroth (CDU) is Head of the Department of Culture and Science of the City of Frankfurt and Honorary Professor of English Literature at the TU Darmstadt.

Moderator: Dr. Matthias Arning (FR)

Rechnung auf morgen

 

Schuldenfalle und Zukunftsinvestitionen: Was schulden wir zukünftigen Generationen?

24. Januar 2011, 19.30 Uhr

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

‘Intergenerational justice’ is a popular catchword which seems to be a sustaining ideology especially among younger politicians. The Council of Economic Experts defines it as follows with reference to the national and social welfare budgets: ‘A financial policy is sustainable when there is no sustainability gap, thus when the value of the latter is zero’. The principle of solidarity and the intergenerational contract are coming under increasing strain not only on account of the dramatic increase in the public debt but also because of adverse demographic developments, rising costs and growing unemployment. But what does justice between the generations actually mean? How can we be just towards unborn human beings when we do not and cannot know their specific needs and desires? Does intergenerational justice primarily mean saving and consolidating? Or is it also in the interest of future generations that we should invest today?

The speaker
Stefan Gosepath is Professor of International Political Theory of the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’ at the Goethe University Frankfurt.

Moderator: Dr. Matthias Arning (FR)


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