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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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From Critique of Power to a Critical Theory of Judgment

From Critique of Power to a Critical Theory of Judgment

(p.136) Chapter 6 From Critique of Power to a Critical Theory of Judgment
The Scandal of Reason

Albena Azmanova

Columbia University Press

This chapter lays out a larger analytical framework that accommodates a model of political judgment able to combine normative rigor with political cogency. It outlines the key dimensions of this framework in terms of its normative goals, the political ontology from which the analysis proceeds, the epistemology on which it grounds claims to validity, its level of analysis, its key methodological rule, and its thematic range. The hermeneutic level in the normative structure of society is also presented in terms of a “phronetic constitution of public reason.” This enables a model of judgment that focuses on shared notions of relevance in the thematization of injustice—the meeting point between instrumental and moral dimensions of political reasoning.

Keywords:   political judgment, political reasoning, normative model, public reason, Critical Theory

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