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By Richard Bourke, Raymond Geuss
From Plato to Max Weber, the try to comprehend political judgement took the shape of a fight to outline the connection among politics and morals. This ebook by way of major overseas students within the fields of historical past, philosophy and politics restores the topic to a spot on the very centre of political idea and perform. while it presents a number views at the subject of functional cause, it additionally explores a sequence of similar difficulties in philosophy and political concept, elevating basic questions about democracy, belief, the character of statesmanship, and the kinfolk among ancient and political judgement. within the approach, the amount reconsiders a few vintage debates in political concept – approximately equality, authority, accountability and beliefs – and provides new and unique remedies of key figures within the heritage of political notion, together with Thucydides, Montaigne, Locke, Smith, Burke and Marx.
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43–76) and Gambetta (pp. 259–99). What is political judgement? 14 When the war has been lost catastrophically, which policy will have more appeal, one based on a call for revanche or one calling for lasting peace at almost any price? The combination of an ability to foresee or predict and an ability to evaluate is not the only important political capacity tout court. , but I would like specifically to mention a further, particularly important cognitive-practical ability. 15 I mean by this, for instance, the sort of ability exhibited by those who organised the attacks on the Pentagon in Washington and the World Trade Center in New York.
After all, Blair’s reasons for supporting the invasion of Iraq seem partly to have been his need to cut a vivid figure on the international stage and accumulate enough influence with the USA to use its power to fuel What is political judgement? 39 his religious fantasies about a never-ending war against Evil. Sources close to Blair, however, have occasionally hinted that another important part of his motivation was his fear that if Britain did not join the USA, Washington would be so isolated politically that the US government would not be able to control its own paranoia and would run amok.
Saying that ‘Britain must choose’ is performing an action which in the context also articulates the attitude of a particular group, the neo-conservatives . This context is partly constituted by a series of historical and institutional facts which one must take account of if one wishes to understand the statement. If one wishes, one can isolate the pure content of this political judgement and formulate it, as it 40 Raymond Geuss were, as an abstract prediction. This might be a perfectly reasonable and useful thing to do for some purposes, and unobjectionable as long as one remembers that one is artificially extracting the content from a wider context in which it is actually embedded, and as long as one does not forget that what parts of the context are relevant will depend on the particular purpose at hand.
Political Judgement: Essays for John Dunn by Richard Bourke, Raymond Geuss