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Exercising the Faculty of Judgement: What is at Stake?

Tatman, L ORCID: 0000-0003-3842-4610 2018 , 'Exercising the Faculty of Judgement: What is at Stake?', in R Lindstrom and A Woitowicz (eds.), On Human Judgement , University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 49-54.

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

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Tatman, L
Keywords: Hannah Arendt, judgement, world
Publisher: University of Tasmania
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Copyright 2018 Lucy Tatman

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