Letting Go of Ideal Theory
This concluding chapter summarizes the development of a critical theory of judgment discussed in the preceding chapters. The proposed theory of deliberative judgment relies on an account of the critical capacity of public deliberations rather than on a normative model of deliberative democracy. The point of entry into this journey has been a proposal to approach justice from the perspective of the emancipatory rather than the conciliatory concerns of Critical Theory. These are concerns with alleviating structurally rooted injustice rather than with establishing consensus on universal norms of justice. Thus, grievances of injustice, and not appeals to justice, provide both the validity perspective and the context-transcending perspective of a critical theory of judgment.
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