Research and Projects

Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders"

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"Globalization, world order, orders of justification"

In 2007, Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst set up, together with Prof. Dr. Klaus Günther, the cluster of excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders", funded with the help of the excellence initiative of the federal republic.

Centre for Advanced Studies "Justitia-Amplificata"

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"examining fundamental questions of justice beyond the classical framework of ideal theories for a self-contained society"

Justitia Amplificata ("Rethinking Justice - Applied and Global") is a Centre for Advanced Studies (Kolleg-Forschergruppe) at the Goethe-Universität of Frankfurt am Main and the Free University of Berlin, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

The Centre constitutes a new forum for political theorists, philosophers, and empirical social scientists interested in normative, applied and interdisciplinary questions of justice. Its main goals are to bring together the theoretical and methodological perspectives of diverse approaches in political theory and philosophy with respect to normative debates about justice, and to investigate the question of how empirical research is relevant for how justice ought to be theorized.

The Centre was founded in 2010 with a German Research Foundation (DFG) grant and is in the second phase of its eight year funding period. Justitia Amplificata is now well-established internationally as a research center on questions of justice at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt and the Free University of Berlin.


Leibniz-Research Group Transnational Justice

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Leibniz-Research Group at the Goethe-University Frankfurt

The Leibniz-Research Group Transnational Justice focuses on different aspects of a theory of transnational justice, from the grounds, uses and contours of the notion of justice within various social, political and philosophical contexts to the most important injustices of the current transnational order.


MA in Political Theory

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"comprehensive analysis of the political present and its dynamics"

In 2007, Professor Rainer Forst set up, together with Professor Peter Niesen, the consecutive and research-based Masters programme in Political Theory, which is offered jointly by Goethe University Frankfurt and TU Darmstadt (Technical University of Darmstadt) and has an international focus. The programme is unique in Germany. Students attend courses and profit from the supervision available from the two universities involved, which jointly award the degree. In so doing, they are continuing the long-established Frankfurt tradition of critical and theoretical reflection on political and social order yet with a modern approach. The programme is embedded at both universities in the research context of the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders”. It teaches the theoretical knowledge and academic skills necessary for a comprehensive analysis of the political present and its dynamics. Conceptions of justice, democracy and power are confronted with current problems of an increasingly complex world.

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