The concept of judgment has occupied a place of special importance in the tradition of Western thought. In antiquity and especially in the Enlightenment, judgment served as the rubric under which Western thinkers struggled to come to terms with how the world of human concerns is constituted in thought and, perhaps more important, how humans call for timely and appropriate actions. Recently, judgment has again emerged as a highly contestatory site for philosophical, rhetorical, and cultural reflection and inquiry.This book puts into contact a variety of responses to the question of judgment in a postmodern age, seeking out the question of how, once solid ground is pulled out from underneath the position of the judge, one continues to ?tread? judgment, to meet obligations while remaining afloat.The essays in this edited volume investigate judgment as a rhetorical problem to be discussed philosophically and examines the standards by which judgments are made and can be made in contemporary culture. The essays clarify the links between rhetoric and judgment as they are played out on public and meta-critical levels.
Hope's Finitude: An Introduction, Part 1 Judgment and the Theoretical Quagmire, 1 Phronesis in the Gadamer Versus Habermas Debates, 2 Judgment and the Problem of Agency/Accountability: A Postcolonial Critique of Poststructuralist Theory, 3 Decentering Judgment: Toward a Postmodern Communication Ethic, 4 Judgment and Jouissance: Eliot, Freud, and Lacan Read Hamlet, 5 More than Meets the Eye: An Expose on Patriotic Libido and Judgment at the Level of the Image in American War Culture, Part 2 Case Studies in Judgment Calls, 6 "Had Judas Been a Black Man .. . ": Politics, Race, and Gender in African America, 7 The Fictions of Racialized Identities, 8 Judging Parents, 9 Property and Propriety: Rhetoric, Justice, and Lyotard's Differend, Afterword: Justifying, Positioning, Persuading in the Intermediate World