Max Deutscher, In Sensible Judgement (Ashgate: 2013)
Opening with the landmark Mabo High Court Case in Australia and with detailed references to other significant debates of judgment in the twentieth century Max Deutscher seeks to explore approaches to what is good, right and legal. Describing a connection between reason and grounds intrinsic to judgement he analyses and explores the tendency towards absolutism that displaces proper judgement.
‘The notion of judgment – though central to current political and legal debates – has been largely neglected in contemporary philosophy. In Sensible Judgement is an interesting and engagingly written book on this important and timely topic. Drawing accessibly on a wide range of philosophical sources, it offers illuminating and challenging reflections on conceptual aspects of the Mabo judgement, and more generally on themes of responsibility and memory.’
‘Deutscher’s reflections on the nature of ‘judgment’ lead him into a searching and comprehensive review of perennial philosophical problems such as the relation between reason and passion. Reflecting in particular on the Australia Mabo decision, he argues convincingly that judgment engages our senses and sensibilities as well as our reason, and that ‘reflective’ judgment must involve more than ‘logical deduction’.