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Contemporary Politics and the Rush to Form Rudimentary Judgements


Jacobs, K, Contemporary Politics and the Rush to Form Rudimentary Judgements, On Human Judgement, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 63-69. ISBN 978-0-646-59804-8 (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Copyright 2018 Keith Jacobs


Judgements require us to separate ourselves from our object of study. It was the nineteenth century philosopher Brentano, who argued that all acts of consciousness are directed towards an object.2 In the broad context of politics, all of us make judgements and our engagement with others requires us to do so. In this discussion, I begin by differentiating two forms. First, those judgements that are made in haste, often without sufficient acknowledgement of responsibilities and second, more deliberative judgements. It is this second form of judgement that requires us to consider our own responsibilities. Most importantly, these are usually provisional and, so, subject to revision. In this discussion, I consider if there is a connection between the rush to judge and the current malaise in politics. I also ask whether the rush to judge is our way to expunge problematic feelings and absolve our responsibilities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:politics, judgement
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:Political theory and political philosophy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Jacobs, K (Professor Keith Jacobs)
ID Code:136475
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2019-12-23
Last Modified:2019-12-23

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