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Rainer Forst Lectures on Toleration and Democracy (Video)

Rainer Forst argued for a particular democratic notion of toleration in a full Kane Hall auditorium on Wedneday, April 29. "One doesn’t need to explain these days why toleration is an important issue,” he said at the beginning of his Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities.

Forst, Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, is a leading German philosopher and political theorist whose primary areas of research are pragmatism, tolerance, and political and social justice. A student of noted intellectuals Jürgen Habermas and John Rawls, Forst bridges what at one time were seemingly separate worlds of political theory (most prominently represented by critical theory of the Frankfurt School) and analytic political philosophy. He has been called the “most important political philosopher of his generation.”

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Learn more about Forst and his week-long residency at the University of Washington.