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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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The Political Epistemology of Judgment

The Political Epistemology of Judgment

(p.160) Chapter 7 The Political Epistemology of Judgment
The Scandal of Reason

Albena Azmanova

Columbia University Press

This chapter investigates the following hypothesis: What enables the processes of both normative contestation and consensus building in judgment is a certain structure of the phronetic constitution of public reason in which reference points are articulated and mutually related along two axes. Horizontal ordering of reference points actuates the attribution of meaning to a normatively contested issue; a vertical ordering of reference points in hierarchies of relevance actuates the attribution of significance to contested norms as issues of justice. This structuring of public reason is described in terms of “paradigms of articulation and signification” (PAS). Judging can thus be presented as a process of simultaneous cognitive and evaluative signification within such structures.

Keywords:   normative contestation, consensus building, political judgment, public reason, articulation, signification, phronetic normativity

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