Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst

Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy


Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst

Co-Director of the Cluster Initiative
"ConTrust – Trust in Conflict. Political Life under Conditions of Uncertainty"

Co-Director of the Research Center 
Normative Orders 

Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Studies 
Justitia Amplificata

Director of the Leibniz Prize Research Group 
Transnational Justice

Deputy speaker of a coordinated sub-Institute in Frankfurt of the
Research Institute for Social Cohesion

Permanent Fellow at Institute for Advanced Studies 
(Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften)

Director of the Justitia Center for Advanced Studies

Course Executive Master in Political Theory

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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 Office hours: To arrange an appointment, please send an email to   forst[at]   

Administrative Assistant

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Sonja Sickert, B. A.

Goethe-University Frankfurt
Assistant of Prof. Forst

Phone: +49 (0) 69 / 798 - 31541
Fax: +49 (0) 69 / 798 - 31542

Building "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

TALK »The Radical Rawls«

On September 21, 2021, Rainer Forst held a talk at the »9th International Symposium on Justice in Honor of Professor Manfredo Araújo de Oliveira. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Rawls’s Birth and 50 years of A Theory of Justice and of Gustavo Gutiérrez’s Theology of Liberation« entitled »The Radical Rawls: Justice as Fairness as a Critique of Liberalism«. He speaks of a radical idea that lies at the basis of Rawls's egalitarian theory: »I call that the all-in-principle of the founding moment of the charter for the well-ordered society, which is a Kantian rather than a Lockean moment.«

Here you can listen to the presentation in full length (from minute 50:00):

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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.

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On June 19th 2019, Jürgen Habermas presented the public lecture: »Noch einmal: Zum Verhältnis von Moralität und Sittlichkeit« in front of 3000 visitors at Goethe University.