The Scandal of Reason and the Paradox of Judgment
This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the absence of a comprehensive, morally compelling, and politically realistic theory of judgment and justice. It then sets out the book's purpose, namely to develop a model of critical political judgment within a so-called “critical consensus model” of normative validity. This is a model of preference transformation through communication that allows normative consensus and social criticism to coexist. The model is within the realm of an emergent “judgment paradigm” in contemporary political philosophy: the gradual rise of an understanding of normative validity based on “reflective judgment” rather than on universal principles. The remainder of the chapter outlines the theoretical framework of a critical theory of judgment; identifies the conceptual resources of the model; and presents an overview of the subsequent chapters.
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