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Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie

Zweimonatsschrift der internationalen philosophischen Forschung

Ed. by Demmerling, Christoph / Esser, Andrea Marlen / Krüger, Hans-Peter / Menke, Christoph

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Volume 62, Issue 4


Ungeregelte Zweifel und politische Urteilsbildung bei Judith Shklar und Jacques Rancière

Heidi Salaverría
Published Online: 2014-09-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dzph-2014-0046


One question raised by the political philosophy of Judith Shklar is whether the prevention of cruelty and injustice can be conceived in a purely negativistic manner. This paper shows, by critically reconstructing Shklar’s theory, that the attempt to identify cruelty and injustice in a negativistic way remains contradictory. Contrasting this theory with Ranciere’s concept of the political underscores this point (1). The avoidance of cruelty, which is partly based on political judgments, presupposes a specific skeptical attitude, namely one that is capable of affirming unregulated doubts (2). These unregulated doubts are inseparably aesthetic and political: not only making tangible the fractures within the given normative frame, but also keeping alive the sense for injustice, which always remains in need of renewal (3).

Keywords: unregulated doubt; scepticism; political judgement; cruelty; injustice; dissent

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Published Online: 2014-09-13

Published in Print: 2014-09-01

Citation Information: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Volume 62, Issue 4, Pages 708–726, ISSN (Online) 2192-1482, ISSN (Print) 0012-1045, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dzph-2014-0046.

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