The Role of Judgment in Explanations of Politics

23 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 8 Jul 2016

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Sanjay Ruparelia

New School for Social Research - Department of Politics

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Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This paper explores the role of judgment in politics. It argues that political judgment concerns our attempt to understand the actual causal relations of the world in order to maximize our chances of acting well in politics. Yet many of our explanations of politics ignore or discount this critical faculty. The first part of the paper defines political judgment. The second explores what are the prequisites of good political judgment. The final section examines the implications of the argument for the variety of approaches that characterize contemporary political science.

Suggested Citation

Ruparelia, Sanjay, The Role of Judgment in Explanations of Politics (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1449700

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