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2023 Jerome S. Simon Lectures (Rainer Forst, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

Tuesday March 21, 2023, 3:00 pm - Thursday March 23, 2023, 5:00 pm

We are pleased to announce Rainer Forst as our esteemed speaker for the 2023 Jerome S. Simon Lectures. Dr. Forst is professor of Political Theory at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. His principal areas of research are political theory, pragmatism, tolerance, and political and social justice. On winning the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize in 2012, he was called “the most important political philosopher of his generation.” He is often identified with the newest generation of scholars associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory. His first book in English, Contexts of Justice: Political Philosophy beyond Liberalism and Communitarianism (University of California Press, 2002), incorporated elements of Anglo-American liberal theory and communitarianism with German critical and social theory. He is frequently recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject of toleration.


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About the Simon Lectures

One of the department’s several endowed lecture series, the Jerome S. Simon Lectures are a biennial series of colloquia given by a philosopher of international distinction. After a brief hiatus, we are thrilled to reinvigorate the series in 2021. Past Simon lecturers have included David Velleman (Michigan), David Wiggins (Oxford University), Anil Gupta (Pittsburgh), Barbara Herman (UCLA), John Campbell (UC-Berkeley), Donald Rutherford (UC-San Diego), Jennifer Hornsby (Birkbeck, London), Samuel Scheffler (NYU), and Holly M. Smith (Rutgers).



Tuesday March 21, 2023, 3:00 pm
Thursday March 23, 2023, 5:00 pm
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170 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2M8 Canada
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