A Democratic Theory of Judgment

A Democratic Theory of Judgment

Linda M. G. Zerilli

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780226397849

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


For contemporary democratic theory, political judgment is conceptualized wholly in terms of the adjudication of equally rational yet incommensurable value conflicts in the absence of a shared substantive idea of the good. Taking up the unfinished work of Hannah Arendt on judgment, this book argues for a practice of judging politically that is focused less on questions of validity and more on democratic practices of world-building and the creation of new objects of judgment in a global context characterized by widespread value pluralism.