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Exercising the Faculty of Judgement: What is at Stake?


Tatman, L, Exercising the Faculty of Judgement: What is at Stake?, On Human Judgement, University of Tasmania, R Lindstrom and A Woitowicz (ed), Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 49-54. ISBN 978-0-646-59804-8 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Today, I am going to wrestle with the question of what is at stake when it comes to exercising the human faculty of judgement. In order to think through this matter, I will be looking to the work of Hannah Arendt, who was arguably the most original and provocative twentieth century political theorist and thinker of the human condition. As many of you will know, Arendt planned to write a book titled Judging, which was to be the third and final volume of her last major work, The Life of the Mind. Sadly, she died with the first page of Judging still in her typewriter. Although we will never be sure how Arendt would finally have characterised the process and act of judging, I think it is possible to identify why she was so concerned that human beings use the faculty of judgement. To understand why judgement mattered so much to Arendt requires, however, that we take a circuitous route through her thought. More specifically, I must begin by tracing an unusual set of distinctions she drew between, first, homo sapiens, second, human beings (who have achieved humanness), and finally, humanity.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Hannah Arendt, judgement, world
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Phenomenology
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Other Cultural Understanding
Objective Field:Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Tatman, L (Dr Lucy Tatman)
ID Code:129803
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-12-18
Last Modified:2019-01-15

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