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A Democratic Theory of Judgment$
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Linda M. G. Zerilli

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226397849

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226398037.001.0001

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From Willing to Judging: Arendt, Habermas, and the Question of ’68

From Willing to Judging: Arendt, Habermas, and the Question of ’68

(p.184) Seven From Willing to Judging: Arendt, Habermas, and the Question of ’68
A Democratic Theory of Judgment

Linda M. G. Zerilli

University of Chicago Press

Juergen Habermas's appropriation of Arendt's account of power as basically "communicative" has been widely accepted. This chapter explores how a deep misunderstanding of what Arendt means by power informs that appropriation, especially the idea that Arendt too is concerned with communication as the basis for the public formation of a rational will. By contrast with Habermas, Arendt breaks entirely with the inherited assumption that political community is formed through rational will formation. She breaks with the entire philosophy of the will that has governed modern political thought and puts in its place the practice of judgment. The implications of this shift in perspective is examined through Arendt's writings on violence and on the protest movements of 1968.

Keywords:   1968, philosophy of the will, communicative theory of power, decisionism, Jürgen Habermas, Hannah Arendt

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