D. N. Rodowick is the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor in the College and the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago. Among his books are Philosophy's Artful Conversation, Elegy for Theory, and What Philosophy Wants from Images, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
In this elegantly crafted book, Rodowick offers a powerful defense of humanistic education. These pages resound both with Rodowick's own voice and with the voice of his constant interlocutor, Hannah Arendt, as he works out, in spirited agreement and thoughtful disagreement with her, a philosophically rich account (which is also a model) of the conversations on which the human faculty of judgment depends. * Patchen Markell, Cornell University * An Education in Judgment is a challenging and substantial contribution to Arendt scholarship and a major new work of critical self-reflection on the humanities by one of the field's leading proponents. Rodowick offers an illuminating reexamination of a cluster of texts written in the last decade of Arendt's life, illustrating their interconnectedness, probing their difficulties, and arguing for their compelling contemporary relevance. * Thomas Bartscherer, Bard College * For readers familiar with now longstanding laments about the 'crisis of the humanities', An Education in Judgment is a breath of fresh air. Drawing on Hannah Arendt's evocative writings on aesthetics and politics, Rodowick brilliantly charts a new way forward on well-travelled terrain. The fate of the humanities lies not in shoring up what is left of the canon but in developing wholly quotidian practices of critical thinking and judging. Rooted in the ordinary capacities of all citizens, the humanities become a world-building activity that takes account of plurality and different perspectives on a common world. Recognizing with Arendt the crucial importance of publicity, this book breaks free of narrow academic debates and offers a public vision of the humanities as an imaginative space for creating a new genre of the human, not as telos but as open-ended future. * Linda M. G. Zerilli, University of Chicago *