Can a Good Judge Be a Good Politician? Judicial Elections from a Virtual Ethics Approach
86 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2011
Date Written: September, 17 2011
In this article, the author argues that it is only possible to determine whether judges are likely to be good judges if we understand the practice of judging and the telos of justice toward which its aims, and that elections cannot help voters determine what qualities are necessary in judges and for what reasons. Moreover, I argue that traditional elections require virtues in politicians which are not often found in good (virtuous) judges, making them an unsuitable way of selecting candidates.
Keywords: Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, direct judicial elections, judicial selection, virtue ethics, public virtues
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