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We make them all the time, but one cannot separate the word from something stern, detached, punitive, forever associated with an image of the judge in a courtroom, separated from the ordinary world by wig and gown and a position behind the bench and above the audience.

Yet a judgement is hardly different from an inference, as when we infer from the evidence of our senses that something is the case, and go ahead to act on it. Judgements are present in every reflective action, whether judgements as to immediate action (‘What shall I do now?’), judgements as to future plans (‘Is this a good job to go for?’ ‘Have I enough food in the house to feed us tonight?’), judgements of value (‘Is this ...

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