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Remarks on the Nature of Justification: A Socio-Pragmatic Perspective

Susen, S. (2017). Remarks on the Nature of Justification: A Socio-Pragmatic Perspective. In: Cloutier, C., Gond, J-P. & Leca, B. (Eds.), Justification, Evaluation and Critique in the Study of Organizations: Contributions from French Pragmatist Sociology. Research in the Sociology of Organizations. (pp. 349-381). Emerald. doi: 10.1108/S0733-558X20170000052010


The main purpose of this essay is to reflect on the nature of justification. To this end, the analysis draws on Luc Boltanski and Laurent Thévenot’s De la justification. Les économies de la grandeur 1 [On Justification: Economies of Worth 2 ]. More specifically, the article aims to examine the extent to which Boltanski and Thévenot’s conceptual framework, widely known as ‘the sociology of critical capacity’, 3 permits us to demonstrate that processes of justification 4 are vital to the symbolically mediated construction – that is, to both the conceptual and the empirical organization 5 – of social life. In order to prove the validity of this contention, the inquiry explores the meaning of ‘justification’ in relation to the following dimensions: (1) existence, (2) ethics, (3) justice, (4) perspective, (5) presuppositions, (6) agreement, (7) common worlds, (8) critique, (9) practice and (10) justification itself. By way of conclusion, the article maintains that processes of justification constitute an essential ingredient of human reality.

Publication Type: Book Section
Publisher Keywords: Boltanski and Thévenot; justification; organization; pragmatic sociology of critique; socio-pragmatic; worth
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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