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Judgement Day

August 5, 2010

Interesting conversation occuring here.  I think I agree with Ruth that we judge relentlessly.  I would however distinguish between making judgement and passing judgement. Making judgement I would like to characterize as an internal process, something we do in our heads. Passing judgement I like to think of as an external process, wherein we pass on our internal judgements through communication.

So I would dichotomize judgement as at least being internal (making judgements) and external (passing judgements).

As Ruth has suggested, we probably can’t help but make judgements unless we put the mind at rest through meditation etc. However, I think we have control over passing judgements.  Is it really necessary to evocate or speak out our internal judgements?  When would it be necessary? Desirable?

John’s use of the biblical quotes are interesting. They sound like a prohibition on passing judgements, or, maybe a warning that if one does choose to speak out one’s judgements then one must accept the possibility of being held to account for the very things one is using to judge others. Perhaps interpretivism has its roots here, in the sense that, perhaps one should not be judgemental of another until they “walk a mile in the other’s mocassins“.


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  1. Hi Ken,
    Would it depend whether judgement is based personally or professionally?
    on professional judgment, teachers have been trained, encouraged and passed professional judgment to decide on the competency of the candidates. This way of judgment has been used for decades, especially under the paradigm of competency based training and assessment. Within this framework, knowledge and skills could be transferred and acquired through training and development. How does this compare to the connective knowledge, where it emerged out of the interactions/connections rather than acquired or transferred from one person to another like a thing? How would you make your judgment? On personal basis?

  2. deadvocate permalink

    I wonder about this term ‘connective knowledge’ and its emergence from social interaction.. Is this merely a repackaging of the Hegelian (or Kantian, or Fichtean) triad of thesis-antithesis-synthesis, with ‘connective knowledge’ nothing but a replacement term for ‘synthetic’ knowledge?

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