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Becoming PoliticalSpinoza's Vital Republicanism and the Democratic Power of Judgment$
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Christopher Skeaff

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226555478

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226555508.001.0001

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Democracy of Judgment

Democracy of Judgment

(p.118) 5 Democracy of Judgment
Becoming Political

Christopher Skeaff

University of Chicago Press

This chapter employs the Spinozist notion of “citizen jurisprudence” as a conceptual tool for theorizing the internal relationship between democracy and judgment. Developing the jurisprudential line of thought that runs through the previous chapters, it presents citizen jurisprudence as both the figure (as juridical right) and effect (as political potentiality) of democracy conceived in an expansive sense: not solely as a state form but as an activity of equally free individuals determining the sense and the scope of common affairs. The chapter discusses the core features of citizen jurisprudence in three steps. It shows, first, that citizen jurisprudence presupposes a certain publicity or public use of reason. Second, it shows how a particular capacity for being acted upon, or a passibility, corresponds essentially to this judging activity. Third, it shows how citizen jurisprudence comes into its own as a democratic practice of illuminating the constitutive premises of public right.

Keywords:   citizenship, democracy, judgment, jurisprudence, public reason, public right, Spinoza

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