David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Res Publica 6 (2):179-198 (2000)
Political judgment is notoriously hard to theorise, and in the recent debates surrounding Habermas's discourse ethics we encounter classic disagreements around the nature, operation and validity of such judgments. This paper evaluates Habermas's account of political judgment and explores the problems raised by his critics. It then focuses on the contentious role played by universals within his account. What emerges is a reformulated theory of judgment based on the thin universalism of fair deliberation, and a description of a sub-set of judgments, termed ``democratic judgments'', which are oriented to the preservation of democracy.
|Keywords||deliberation democracy discourse ethics Habermas justification Kant Neo-Aristotelianism political judgment reflective judgment Wittgenstein|
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