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The Scandal of Reason: A Critical Theory of Political Judgment

Albena Azmanova

Abstract

Theories of justice are haunted by a paradox: the more ambitious the theory of justice, the less applicable and useful the model is to political practice; yet the more politically realistic the theory, the weaker its moral ambition, rendering it unsound and equally useless. Brokering a resolution to this “judgment paradox,” the book advances a “critical consensus model” of judgment that serves the normative ideals of a just society without the help of ideal theory. Tracing the evolution of two major traditions in political philosophy—critical theory and philosophical liberalism—and the way the ... More

Keywords: theories of justice, political practice, judgment paradox, deliberative democracy, ideal theory, Hannah Arendt, Pierre Bourdieu

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231153805
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153805.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Albena Azmanova, author
University of Kent