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Date:12/14/2011

neurons. Brecht's approach is based on methods that had previously been used in anaesthetised rodents, but he was among the first to apply them to awake, actively moving animals. Thus Brecht has enabled a much better understanding of neural information processing.

Michael Brecht's career is closely linked to two of the world's most prestigious German neuro- and cell biologists. After studying biochemistry and biology in Tbingen and a research visit in San Francisco, Brecht earned his doctorate under Wolf Singer in Frankfurt and his habilitation under Nobel laureate Bert Sakmann in Heidelberg. Since 2006 he is a professor at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience and at Humboldt University, both in Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Rainer Forst (47), Political Philosophy/Theory, University of Frankfurt am Main

Nationally and internationally, Rainer Forst is considered the most important German political philosopher of the "under 50" generation. As the Frankfurt-based scholar continues the German and especially Frankfurtian political philosophy of Jrgen Habermas and Axel Honneth, and engages it critically with American representatives like John Rawls, he shapes his very own philosophy. It revolves mainly around the basic concepts of justice, tolerance and justification. In a highly original fashion, Forst has contemplated and formulated the insight that humans have always been embedded in various "practices of justification". These require that ultimately all actions must be legitimised according to particular logics of morality, law and other discourses. Our practical reasoning is simply the ability to recognise and accept these logics such is Forst's far-reaching conclusion as a political philosopher.

A strong international orientation, with a particular interest in the United States, was seen early on in Rainer Forst. After studying in Frankfurt, New York/Binghamton, and Harvard, he was a lecturer and visiting professor
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