The Sociology of Critical Capacity

@article{Boltanski1999TheSO,
  title={The Sociology of Critical Capacity},
  author={Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thevenot},
  journal={European Journal of Social Theory},
  year={1999},
  volume={2},
  pages={359 - 377}
}
This article argues that many situations in social life can be analyzed by their requirement for the justification of action. It is in particular in situations of dispute that a need arises to explicate the grounds on which responsibility for errors is distributed and on which new agreement can be reached. Since a plurality of mutually incompatible modes of justification exists, disputes can be understood as disagreements either about whether the accepted rule of justification has not been… 

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