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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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Judgment, Criticism, Innovation

Judgment, Criticism, Innovation

(p.201) Chapter 9 Judgment, Criticism, Innovation
The Scandal of Reason

Albena Azmanova

Columbia University Press

This chapter offers an account of the deeply political process of articulation and generalization of normative claims in the process of judging in order to investigate its critical potential. While working within the conceptual framework outlined in Chapter 8, the focus here shifts to the validating and critical potential of reasoned argumentation in public deliberations. The chapter addresses, in consecutive order, three sets of questions. The first set relates to the core concern of theories of deliberative democracy—the issue of communicatively produced normative consensus. The second set of questions concerns social criticism. Not only the possibility but also the very value of consensus in modern pluralist democracies has become suspect. The third set of questions concerns the issue of normative innovation: How does consensus on binding social norms and political rules stay open to social change?

Keywords:   political judgment, public deliberation, deliberative democracy, social criticism, normative innovation, social change, normative consensus, normative claims

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