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The Scandal of ReasonA Critical Theory of Political Judgment$
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Albena Azmanova

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153805

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153805.001.0001

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Political Judgment and the Vocation of Critical Theory

Political Judgment and the Vocation of Critical Theory

(p.21) Chapter 1 Political Judgment and the Vocation of Critical Theory
The Scandal of Reason

Albena Azmanova

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents the parameters of political judgment in its relation, on the one hand, to the realm of political conflict and, on the other, to the realm of governance. It then turns to the treatment of judgment and justification in modern normative political philosophy, highlighting the distinctive features of the change in conceptualization that a discursive model of judgment presents. It shows that such a model developed within the theories of deliberative politics that proliferated at the close of the twentieth century. By examining the way these models confront the “judgment paradox,”, the last part of the chapter spells out the particular tasks of a critical theory of political judgment.

Keywords:   political judgment, political philosophy, political conflict governance, critical theory, deliberative politics

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