Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst

Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy


Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst

Co-Director of the Cluster of Excellence 
The Formation of Normative Orders 

Member of the Founding Directorate and
Permanent Fellow at Institute for Advanced Studies 
(Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften)

Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Studies 
Justitia Amplificata

Course Executive Master in Political Theory

Director of the Leibniz Research Group
Transnational Justice

Contact Professor Forst


Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

Fachbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Institut für Politikwissenschaft
Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2
60629 Frankfurt am Main

phone.: +49 (0) 69 / 798 - 31540
fax: +49 (0) 69 / 798 - 31542 


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Administrative Assistant

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Sonja Sickert

Goethe-University Frankfurt
Assistant of Prof. Forst

phone: +49 (0) 69 / 798 - 31541
fax: +49 (0) 69 / 798 - 31542                           

House "Normative Ordnungen"
Max-Horkheimer-Straße 2, 60629 Frankfurt
room 4.02

Office hours for students
Mon -  Thu, 2 - 4 pm - and on appointment


Events and updates from the professorship

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SYMPOSIUM on Forst's conception of power

Rainer Forst responds to the critics of his theory of Noumenal Power in the Journal of Political Power.

The final manuscript of Forst's reply ‘Noumenal Power Revisited: Reply to Critics‘ is available online.



Rainer Forst presented the plenary lecture »Normativity and Reality: Thinking Politically About Politics« at the general conference of the ECPR in Hamburg.

The manuscript of his lecture is now available online.


Two colleagues will leave the professorship of political theory and philosophy in August:

Dr. Julian Culp will be Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Paris.

Dr. Dorothea Gädeke accepted a position at the University of Utrecht as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Ethics Institute.