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The correct to Justification is a set of essays through Rainer Forst, spanning questions starting from the root of morality to ones of world justice, human rights, toleration, freedom and democracy. even though each one essay stands by itself and will be learn individually, the e-book is healthier learn as a monograph because the first half on foundations lays out the floor for, and gives a philosophical and conceptual gear to, impending problems with political and social justice (part 2) and of human rights and transnational justice (part 3). To learn the e-book as an entire additionally has the benefit of offering perception into Forst's exact skill to attach complicated philosophical arguments to daily social and political practices within the spirit of serious conception, and into his systematic try and increase and safeguard a monist position.

The major concept of Forst's paintings is the primary of justification, from which the correct to (and accountability of) justification corresponds. Forst begins out with the presumption that humans are top-rated justificatory beings, who're not just endowed with a different skill for language and conversation, but in addition manage to take accountability for his or her activities and ideology through giving purposes to others and awaiting that others will do a similar. In chapters 1 and a pair of, Forst unpacks the fundamental components of the primary of justification. the power to justify with functional cause, Forst argues, is the elemental ability to reply to functional questions in a suitable method. to hunt for morally grounded solutions to the query "What should still I do?", we needs to be capable of offer purposes which may justify our activities based on standards which are legitimate inside a normative context.

In brief, the main of justification, that's the basic precept of functional cause, calls for that normative solutions are to be justified within the demeanour noted by way of their validity claims. Following Habermas, Forst argues that it needs to be utilized otherwise in numerous contexts of justification. Strictly conversing, it's not only an software of this precept that Forst has in brain right here, yet an interpretation and recursive reconstruction of the validity claims raised in every one justificatory context when it comes to selecting the stipulations for redeeming these claims.

Forst argues that justice is grounded within the precept of justification and is the 1st and overriding advantage in ethical, political and social contexts. The middle which means of justice is located in its competition to arbitrary rule and the call for for justice is an emancipatory call for to take away family members of domination, the foundation of that's the declare to be revered as an agent of justification. the primary of justification corresponds to an ethical correct to justification, which incorporates standards, reciprocity and generality. The defining characteristic of purposes which could justify ethical claims is they needs to be purposes that can't be reciprocally and usually rejected. the following, reciprocity signifies that not anyone could make a normative declare that she denies to others or declare to talk within the 'true' pursuits of others past mutual justification. Generality implies that purposes need to be sharable through all relevantly affected individuals (p. 6). Forst states that the main itself can't be justified externally yet basically 'recursively': it follows from the truth that political and social justice are approximately norms of a simple institutional constitution that says to be reciprocally and customarily legitimate (p. 259).

Thus, the appropriate to justification is a certified veto correct that takes on a considerable shape in a given context of justice and desires to be institutionalized. It types the root of human rights (chapter nine) in addition to of any justifications of social simple constructions. Forst distinguishes among concerns of primary justice, which outline the fundamental status of people and of electorate, and different matters that don't without delay challenge morally significant problems with justice. issues of primary justice demand strict moral-political justification, in response to which the standards of reciprocity and generality are to be interpreted in a strict feel, such that purposes justify norms that own a morally unconditional normative personality and are strictly collectively and universally binding. the opposite concerns demand normal political justification, in line with which an contract is justified whether it is made in applicable methods such that purposes will not be morally rejectable and as a result in general appropriate in precept, although it is neither noticeable because the most sensible resolution by way of all nor permitted at the foundation of a similar purposes. In Forst's constructivist phrases, the 1st is an ethical constructivism of the elemental felony, political, and social constitution of justice, whereas the second one is a political constructivism of democratic legitimation of criminal, political and social family members between electorate (p. 175).

While the normativity of norms is defined through the main of justification, the normativity of the primary itself nonetheless is still clarified to stipulate the elemental presumptions of Forst's concept. which will catch the sensible which means that the main of justification acquires within the context of morality, Forst must fill the distance among the only transcendental 'must' and the 'must' of justified norms. to ensure that the primary of justification to be normatively binding, it truly is argued that ethical individuals not just must have first-order perception into the way to justify their activities but in addition a second-order functional perception that they have got a primary ethical responsibility of justification. based on Kant, Forst's argument here's that the floor of morality lies in acknowledging this accountability in a realistic feel; this is often accurately what it skill to treat oneself and others as results in themselves (p. 57).

From this short cartoon of the fundamental constitution of Forst's discourse conception, allow me elevate a number of the matters in political philosophy to which i believe Forst has made an unique and critical contribution, earlier than concluding with a few feedback on questions that i believe may be additional addressed.

One of the benefits of bringing in principles of philosophers comparable to Robert Brandom, Stephen Darwall and John McDowell to his Kantian venture is that Forst is ready to make feel of the idea specific and unconditionally legitimate morality calls for an unconditional flooring with out the contradictions that keep on with from Kant's department among the intelligible and the empirical international. this is often performed via an elaboration of what we would name the dialogical homes of sensible cause. to start with, the second-order perception into the 'that' of justification means that in ethical contexts one owes others justifying purposes (p. 35). humans realize themselves and every different reciprocally as individuals of the single and simply ethical neighborhood, a group of justification, in case you will. therefore, a particular connection among cognition and popularity is vital for Forst's ethical concept: cognizing one other individual as a man or woman at the same time potential spotting her in a practical-normative means as an equivalent authority within the area of purposes (p. 38). in response to McDowell, Forst argues that cognition is often a spontaneous act that situates us in an area of justifications.

From this dialogical point of view, Forst argues that Kant traced ethical admire for others to the incorrect flooring, specifically, the relation to oneself by way of a self-reflective entice one's personal dignity: in a 'kingdom of ends', ethical people are topic merely to strictly common and self-given legislation. despite the fact that, this doesn't sufficiently clarify the in particular ethical element of the ought, in accordance with Forst, for the reason that morality is basically thinking about the honor of different individuals. hence, universalizing a maxim of motion isn't approximately an agent asking herself even if her motion could be willed commonly with no contradiction in a monological type. as a substitute, Forst claims, justification is healthier understood as a discursive procedure whose basic addressees are these affected in appropriate methods. Norms aren't binding to the level that one has said them as such; they get their normative prestige within the house of purposes via reciprocal recognition.

Apart from those leading edge principles in regards to the dialogical facets of sensible cause, Forst's most vital contribution is his account of social justice, which has enriched the controversy by way of broadening and deepening the major distribution and goods-centred perception of justice (chapter 8). In Forst's view, the overemphasis on distribution of products has led not just to a slender proposal of social justice, but additionally to a suggestion which doesn't get to the guts of the problem. For whereas distributive justice certainly includes the allocation of products, one of these view neglects the elemental query of ways those items got here 'into the world' within the first position and the way this construction could be justly prepared. Justice isn't just an issue of which items are legitimately allotted and for what purposes. on account that items are a part of a context of cooperation, their very distribution calls for justification (p. 10). To get to the roots of social injustice, Forst argues, the 1st query of justice has to be the query of energy. Justice needs to objective at intersubjective relatives and constructions instead of the provisions of products, i.e., on the justifiability of social family. matters aren't recipients of justice; really, justice is an fulfillment of the themes themselves. It calls for that individuals in a context of cooperation be revered as equivalent in dignity, such that they're equivalent members within the social and political order of justification, during which the stipulations of the construction and distribution are decided via themselves via purposes that can't be reciprocally or ordinarily rejected (p. 192).

While Forst's account of justice is 'monistic' in nature, proven via the correct to justification, its proceduralist constitution permits it to speak in confidence a pluralism of particular elements of justice (e.g., want and wasteland) and the individuality of alternative spheres of distribution in line with socially relative standards. for this reason, instead of contributing a specific precept of distribution, corresponding to Rawls's distinction precept, it constitutes a higher-order precept for justifying capability distributions lower than various contextual stipulations. From a mix of those monist and contextualist beneficial properties, Forst indicates the constraints of contractualism in addressing transnational justice (chapter 10) and attracts out the consequences of his personal account of justice for the transnational and worldwide context (chapters eleven and 12).

Let me finish through mentioning interrelated questions that Forst for my part should still tackle in additional aspect to bolster his critical-theoretical undertaking even extra, one touching on the specification of the appropriate to justification, one other relating the query of democracy and democratic legitimacy. in view that all middle normative innovations defended by means of Forst are grounded within the one and in simple terms precept of justification, it's all the extra very important to examine the specification of this precept. In contexts of ethical justification, as we've seen, it says that every one these 'relevantly affected' must have a correct to justification. I take it that this is often additionally what's alluded to whilst Forst speaks approximately all these 'affected' or 'affected in morally proper ways'. even if, whereas this is often the main common specification of the ethical correct to justification, there are different feedback that aren't totally similar. In a few areas, Forst specifies this correct by way of all these 'possibly affected' and all these 'concretely affected'. furthermore, he speaks concerning the correct to not be 'subjected to' legislation, constructions, or associations with no justification. The latter is used not just as regards to ethical contexts and strict moral-political justification but additionally to basic political justification. within the latter justificatory context additionally 'affected in politically proper ways' is used as a criterion.

Now, no matter if Forst claims that disputes over 'relevantly affected' may possibly in basic terms be addressed when it comes to a strategy of reciprocal and common justification (chapter 1), this doesn't appropriately tackle the truth that someone could be subjected to a legislations with out being affected in a morally proper method simply up to she will be able to be relevantly affected with out being subjected. Neither does it handle the query of through what criterion we should always come to a decision while those that have a correct to justification are these in all probability affected or these concretely affected.

Further, whereas an 'affectedness' criterion appears to be like promising for strict moral-political justification, there appear to be numerous benefits with a 'subjectedness' criterion referring to questions of normal political justification, when you consider that in a democratic group these subjected to legislation are topics (citizens) with a selected felony prestige, such that both you're a felony topic otherwise you usually are not. therefore, the criterion is, so as to communicate, binary coded. in contrast, matters should be kind of relevantly affected. the variation is important for a idea of democracy, because an affectedness criterion enables proportional impression, which additionally turns out good because it is affectedness that motivates a correct to have a say within the decision-making within the first position. contemplate the choice, based on which people who find themselves affected must have an analogous measure of impression. this could draw an indefensible dividing line among those who aren't in any respect affected and those who are little or no (relevantly) affected. it should additionally undermine majority vote casting as a justified strategy from the perspective of democracy, due to the fact balloting on a subject may generate transparent winners and losers in mild of the truth that it's going to by no means be the case that individuals are both affected.

The moment interrelated query issues democracy and democratic legitimacy. opposed to liberal and communitarian theories of democracy (which, in keeping with Forst, are instrumentally justified), a deliberative democratic concept is defended, whose final flooring is the fundamental ethical correct to justification. In political contexts this correct calls for the institutionalization of decision-procedures during which relevantly affected (and subjected?) individuals can take part as unfastened and as equals (chapter 7). even if, it's not transparent how Forst will get from anyone correct to justification to a thought of collective decision-making ('the rule via the people'). common rights by myself (legal or ethical) can't substantiate a normative democratic conception in general simply because regardless of how totally carried out, those rights are person and will be enforced with none workout of collective decision-making whatever on any point. therefore, it seems like defining democracy by way of the ideal to justification comes at a value for Forst, because it is, on the so much, capable of supply a concept of democratization, based on which tactics of democratization are justified to the level that they become aware of or approximate justice as non-domination. no matter if it's a principled instead of instrumental justification for democratization, it doesn't seem like a normative concept of democracy.

A energy of Forst's view vis-à-vis Habermas's discourse conception of democracy is that he may give us a justificatory tale in regards to the emergence of the criminal shape (which Habermas easily presumes as an historic truth and including the discourse precept to get a criterion of democratic legitimacy). whilst, to account for political autonomy -- that is on the heart of the political and exercised basically together with others as participants of a political group (chapter 4), in accordance with Forst -- he must substantiate a criterion of legitimacy from normative assets in the political that aren't reducible to morality (even if the criterion is finally grounded in an ethical correct to justification). it really is this autonomy of the political that Habermas makes an attempt to carry on to.

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Reviewed through Eva Erman, Uppsala University

The correct to Justification is a suite of essays by way of Rainer Forst, spanning questions starting from the root of morality to ones of worldwide justice, human rights, toleration, freedom and democracy. even supposing every one essay stands by itself and will be learn individually, the publication is better learn as a monograph because the first half on foundations lays out the floor for, and provides a philosophical and conceptual equipment to, coming near near problems with political and social justice (part 2) and of human rights and transnational justice (part 3). To learn the ebook as a complete additionally has the good thing about delivering perception into Forst's detailed skill to attach advanced philosophical arguments to daily social and political practices within the spirit of severe concept, and into his systematic try and boost and protect a monist position.

The best suggestion of Forst's paintings is the primary of justification, from which the suitable to (and accountability of) justification corresponds. Forst begins out with the presumption that people are top-rated justificatory beings, who're not just endowed with a special means for language and communique, but additionally be ready to take accountability for his or her activities and ideology via giving purposes to others and looking ahead to that others will do an identical. In chapters 1 and a couple of, Forst unpacks the fundamental parts of the primary of justification. the power to justify with useful cause, Forst argues, is the elemental ability to answer useful questions in a suitable manner. to hunt for morally grounded solutions to the query "What should still I do? ", we needs to be capable of offer purposes that could justify our activities in line with standards which are legitimate inside a normative context.

In brief, the main of justification, that's the elemental precept of functional cause, calls for that normative solutions are to be justified within the demeanour said by means of their validity claims. Following Habermas, Forst argues that it needs to be utilized in a different way in several contexts of justification. Strictly conversing, it's not only an software of this precept that Forst has in brain the following, yet an interpretation and recursive reconstruction of the validity claims raised in each one justificatory context when it comes to picking the stipulations for redeeming these claims.

Forst argues that justice is grounded within the precept of justification and is the 1st and overriding advantage in ethical, political and social contexts. The middle that means of justice is located in its competition to arbitrary rule and the call for for justice is an emancipatory call for to take away kinfolk of domination, the foundation of that is the declare to be revered as an agent of justification. the main of justification corresponds to an ethical correct to justification, which contains standards, reciprocity and generality. The defining characteristic of purposes which may justify ethical claims is they has to be purposes that can't be reciprocally and customarily rejected. right here, reciprocity implies that nobody could make a normative declare that she denies to others or declare to talk within the 'true' pursuits of others past mutual justification. Generality implies that purposes must be sharable by means of all relevantly affected people (p. 6). Forst states that the main itself can't be justified externally yet in basic terms 'recursively': it follows from the truth that political and social justice are approximately norms of a simple institutional constitution that says to be reciprocally and customarily legitimate (p. 259).

Thus, the suitable to justification is a certified veto correct that takes on a substantial shape in a given context of justice and desires to be institutionalized. It kinds the root of human rights (chapter nine) in addition to of any justifications of social easy buildings. Forst distinguishes among concerns of primary justice, which outline the fundamental status of individuals and of electorate, and different matters that don't at once quandary morally vital problems with justice. issues of primary justice demand strict moral-political justification, in accordance with which the standards of reciprocity and generality are to be interpreted in a strict feel, such that purposes justify norms that own a morally unconditional normative personality and are strictly together and universally binding. the opposite concerns demand normal political justification, based on which an contract is justified whether it is made in applicable systems such that purposes aren't morally rejectable and for that reason often applicable in precept, although it is neither visible because the top answer by way of all nor approved at the foundation of a similar purposes. In Forst's constructivist phrases, the 1st is an ethical constructivism of the fundamental felony, political, and social constitution of justice, whereas the second one is a political constructivism of democratic legitimation of criminal, political and social family members between electorate (p. 175).

While the normativity of norms is defined through the main of justification, the normativity of the primary itself nonetheless continues to be clarified to stipulate the elemental presumptions of Forst's thought. with the intention to catch the sensible that means that the main of justification acquires within the context of morality, Forst must fill the distance among the in simple terms transcendental 'must' and the 'must' of justified norms. to ensure that the primary of justification to be normatively binding, it's argued that ethical people not just need to have first-order perception into the right way to justify their activities but additionally a second-order useful perception that they have got a primary ethical responsibility of justification. in keeping with Kant, Forst's argument here's that the floor of morality lies in acknowledging this accountability in a pragmatic feel; this is often accurately what it ability to treat oneself and others as results in themselves (p. 57).

From this short cartoon of the fundamental constitution of Forst's discourse conception, allow me raise many of the concerns in political philosophy to which i feel Forst has made an unique and critical contribution, earlier than concluding with a few feedback on questions that i feel will be additional addressed.

One of the advantages of bringing in principles of philosophers resembling Robert Brandom, Stephen Darwall and John McDowell to his Kantian undertaking is that Forst is ready to make experience of the basis express and unconditionally legitimate morality calls for an unconditional floor with out the contradictions that persist with from Kant's department among the intelligible and the empirical international. this is often performed via an elaboration of what we'd name the dialogical homes of sensible cause. to start with, the second-order perception into the 'that' of justification signifies that in ethical contexts one owes others justifying purposes (p. 35). humans realize themselves and every different reciprocally as individuals of the only and purely ethical neighborhood, a neighborhood of justification, should you will. hence, a selected connection among cognition and popularity is key for Forst's ethical idea: cognizing one other individual as a individual at the same time ability spotting her in a practical-normative method as an equivalent authority within the house of purposes (p. 38). in accordance with McDowell, Forst argues that cognition is often a spontaneous act that situates us in an area of justifications.

From this dialogical point of view, Forst argues that Kant traced ethical appreciate for others to the incorrect flooring, specifically, the relation to oneself when it comes to a self-reflective entice one's personal dignity: in a 'kingdom of ends', ethical people are topic merely to strictly common and self-given legislation. although, this doesn't sufficiently clarify the in particular ethical point of the ought, in keeping with Forst, on the grounds that morality is basically excited by the consideration of different people. therefore, universalizing a maxim of motion isn't approximately an agent asking herself no matter if her motion could be willed in most cases with no contradiction in a monological type. as an alternative, Forst claims, justification is better understood as a discursive method whose basic addressees are these affected in correct methods. Norms aren't binding to the level that one has stated them as such; they get their normative prestige within the area of purposes via reciprocal recognition.

Apart from those leading edge rules about the dialogical elements of functional cause, Forst's most crucial contribution is his account of social justice, which has enriched the talk via broadening and deepening the important distribution and goods-centred belief of justice (chapter 8). In Forst's view, the overemphasis on distribution of products has led not just to a slim thought of social justice, but in addition to a idea which doesn't get to the center of the problem. For whereas distributive justice certainly contains the allocation of products, the sort of view neglects the elemental query of the way those items got here 'into the world' within the first position and the way this creation might be justly prepared. Justice is not only a question of which items are legitimately dispensed and for what purposes. considering that items are a part of a context of cooperation, their very distribution calls for justification (p. 10). To get to the roots of social injustice, Forst argues, the 1st query of justice needs to be the query of energy. Justice needs to target at intersubjective kinfolk and buildings instead of the provisions of products, i. e. , on the justifiability of social kinfolk. topics should not recipients of justice; quite, justice is an fulfillment of the themes themselves. It calls for that individuals in a context of cooperation be revered as equivalent in dignity, such that they're equivalent individuals within the social and political order of justification, during which the stipulations of the construction and distribution are made up our minds by way of themselves via purposes that can not be reciprocally or regularly rejected (p. 192).

While Forst's account of justice is 'monistic' in nature, verified via the best to justification, its proceduralist constitution permits it to speak in confidence a pluralism of particular points of justice (e. g. , desire and desolate tract) and the distinctiveness of alternative spheres of distribution based on socially relative standards. for this reason, instead of contributing a specific precept of distribution, resembling Rawls's distinction precept, it constitutes a higher-order precept for justifying power distributions below various contextual stipulations. From a mixture of those monist and contextualist positive factors, Forst indicates the restrictions of contractualism in addressing transnational justice (chapter 10) and attracts out the consequences of his personal account of justice for the transnational and international context (chapters eleven and 12).

Let me finish by way of citing interrelated questions that Forst in my opinion should still deal with in additional element to bolster his critical-theoretical undertaking even additional, one referring to the specification of definitely the right to justification, one other bearing on the query of democracy and democratic legitimacy. considering the fact that all center normative options defended via Forst are grounded within the one and in basic terms precept of justification, it's all the extra vital to examine the specification of this precept. In contexts of ethical justification, as we've seen, it says that each one these 'relevantly affected' must have a correct to justification. I take it that this is often additionally what's alluded to whilst Forst speaks approximately all these 'affected' or 'affected in morally proper ways'. despite the fact that, whereas this can be the main common specification of the ethical correct to justification, there are different feedback that aren't absolutely identical. In a few locations, Forst specifies this correct when it comes to all these 'possibly affected' and all these 'concretely affected'. in addition, he speaks in regards to the correct to not be 'subjected to' legislation, buildings, or associations with no justification. The latter is used not just with regards to ethical contexts and strict moral-political justification but additionally to normal political justification. within the latter justificatory context additionally 'affected in politically appropriate ways' is used as a criterion.

Now, whether Forst claims that disputes over 'relevantly affected' may well merely be addressed when it comes to a strategy of reciprocal and normal justification (chapter 1), this doesn't appropriately tackle the truth that somebody could be subjected to a legislations with out being affected in a morally correct manner simply up to she will be able to be relevantly affected with out being subjected. Neither does it deal with the query of by means of what criterion we should always come to a decision while those that have a correct to justification are these potentially affected or these concretely affected.

Further, whereas an 'affectedness' criterion seems promising for strict moral-political justification, there appear to be a number of benefits with a 'subjectedness' criterion bearing on questions of common political justification, in view that in a democratic group these subjected to legislation are matters (citizens) with a particular criminal prestige, such that both you're a felony topic otherwise you should not. therefore, the criterion is, as a way to converse, binary coded. against this, topics should be roughly relevantly affected. the adaptation is important for a idea of democracy, due to the fact that an affectedness criterion makes it possible for proportional impression, which additionally turns out brilliant because it is affectedness that motivates a correct to have a say within the decision-making within the first position. think of the choice, in keeping with which people who are affected must have a similar measure of effect. this could draw an indefensible dividing line among those who usually are not in any respect affected and people who are little or no (relevantly) affected. it is going to additionally undermine majority balloting as a justified process from the viewpoint of democracy, in view that vote casting on a subject matter could generate transparent winners and losers in gentle of the truth that it is going to by no means be the case that folks are both affected.

The moment interrelated query matters democracy and democratic legitimacy. opposed to liberal and communitarian theories of democracy (which, in keeping with Forst, are instrumentally justified), a deliberative democratic conception is defended, whose final floor is the fundamental ethical correct to justification. In political contexts this correct calls for the institutionalization of decision-procedures within which relevantly affected (and subjected? ) folks can take part as loose and as equals (chapter 7). although, it isn't transparent how Forst will get from somebody correct to justification to a concept of collective decision-making ('the rule by way of the people'). common rights on my own (legal or ethical) can't substantiate a normative democratic thought quite often simply because irrespective of how absolutely applied, those rights are person and will be enforced with none workout of collective decision-making whatever on any point. consequently, it seems like defining democracy by way of definitely the right to justification comes at a value for Forst, because it is, on the such a lot, capable of supply a concept of democratization, in line with which strategies of democratization are justified to the level that they observe or approximate justice as non-domination. whether it's a principled instead of instrumental justification for democratization, it doesn't appear like a normative concept of democracy.

A energy of Forst's view vis-à-vis Habermas's discourse thought of democracy is that he can provide us a justificatory tale in regards to the emergence of the criminal shape (which Habermas easily presumes as an ancient truth and including the discourse precept to get a criterion of democratic legitimacy). while, to account for political autonomy -- that is on the middle of the political and exercised simply together with others as contributors of a political neighborhood (chapter 4), in accordance with Forst -- he must substantiate a criterion of legitimacy from normative assets in the political that aren't reducible to morality (even if the criterion is eventually grounded in an ethical correct to justification). it really is this autonomy of the political that Habermas makes an attempt to carry on to.

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Z Gl JJ m )> U) 0 z U) 30 FOU NDAT I O N S given a s the basis for motivations but themselves rest o n reasons: they are "motivated desires;' as Thomas Nagel would say/8 Hence, one provides too little explanation if one refers the question of a reason for action to a motive without specifying the reason that allows this motive to take on significance and become operative within the context in question, that is, the reason that grounded the intention itself. 80 (b) To the thesis that reasons always underlie and thereby precede desires, it could be objected that they can do so only in the sense in which they them­ selves rest on deeper fundamental desires, which constitute the subjective motivational set in Williams's sense.

It is not primarily the subjective freedom from external determination that lies at the basis ofthe autonomous morality of autonomy, but rather the insight into the duty of a justifying and self-determined responsibility toward other similarly self-determined human beings whom one owes certain reasons. 108 Only this practical insight leads to a moral self-understanding and a moral iden­ tity that is developed in cognitive, volitional, and affective ways, or rather, to a moral character. In this way we can see why talk of a categorically valid morality and of "unconditioned" duties is not empirically unreachable: It presupposes the reasonable and practical insight not only that there are no reasons to deny other people justification in moral contexts, but also that one owes it to them to be accountable for oneself, without needing a further rea­ son for doing it.

For the insight into the unconditioned "claim of the good" must not be understood as an ontologically substantive insight into the "reality of the good;''05 as Henrich argues, but can be un­ derstood as a normative and autonomous insight of reason into the duty of justification and reciprocal accountability, which cannot be reasonably rejected. 1) but is instead a second­ order insight. And regarding Kant's conception, a "de-transcendentalization [ Verweltlichung]" is also called for at this level, since the higher-level practi­ cal insight primarily points to neither a "claim of the good" nor a "claim of reason;' but-with an intersubjective turn-a claim of others, to whom one is moralli responsible.

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