What does it mean "to judge." For example, regarding the story about the teenagers who beat a homeless man to death while others watched, I am inclined to say that I should not judge the others who watched. Yet can I at the same time say that watching without assisting the man was wrong (a statement that is a judgment about right and wrong) and still be consistent? I think so, as long as I am clear about what sense of judgment I mean. Here are the following senses I can identify.
- Judgment as to the truth or falsity of facts
- Judgment as the choice between at least two possibilities
- Judgment as to rightness or wrongness of a given act
- Judgment as moral condemnation or as moral approbation