Criteria for a Response: Judgement Focus
Robert M. Ellis [+]
Middle Way Society
a. Judgement as the Cutting Edge Judgement is the cutting edge of our interaction with the world. Whether it is absolute or provisional determines the crucial how of justified judgement. Judgement focus helps us recognise our experience of building up responsibility for judgement through awareness of options maintained over time. It avoids both the opposed attractions of freewill and determinism, whereby we have total or zero responsibility for our judgements a priori. b. Diversions from Judgement Focus Whilst the most obvious diversions from judgement focus are blatantly metaphysical, the nearer and more practically damaging distractors involve representationalist assumptions introduced into investigations that appear to be addressing absolutization in some respect. The spurious claim to be focusing on facts without values undermines the value of academic work in, for instance, Buddhist Studies, cognitive psychology, and moral philosophy, by entrenching the omission of crucial elements of the context in each case.