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The Normative and the Natural

  • Michael P. Wolf
  • Jeremy Randel Koons

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Michael P. Wolf, Jeremy Randel Koons
    Pages 1-34
  3. Michael P. Wolf, Jeremy Randel Koons
    Pages 35-59
  4. Michael P. Wolf, Jeremy Randel Koons
    Pages 61-104
  5. Michael P. Wolf, Jeremy Randel Koons
    Pages 105-137
  6. Michael P. Wolf, Jeremy Randel Koons
    Pages 139-177
  7. Michael P. Wolf, Jeremy Randel Koons
    Pages 179-220
  8. Michael P. Wolf, Jeremy Randel Koons
    Pages 221-263
  9. Michael P. Wolf, Jeremy Randel Koons
    Pages 265-300
  10. Michael P. Wolf, Jeremy Randel Koons
    Pages 301-332
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 333-342

About this book

Introduction

Drawing on a rich pragmatist tradition, this book offers an account of the different kinds of ‘oughts’, or varieties of normativity, that we are subject to contends that there is no conflict between normativity and the world as science describes it.  The authors argue that normative claims aim to evaluate, to urge us to do or not do something, and to tell us how a state of affairs ought to be. These claims articulate forms of action-guidance that are different in kind from descriptive claims, with a wholly distinct practical and expressive character. This account suggests that there are no normative facts, and so nothing that needs any troublesome shoehorning into a scientific account of the world. This work explains that nevertheless, normative claims are constrained by the world, and answerable to reason and argumentation, in a way that makes them truth-apt and objective.

Keywords

morality pragmatism ethics normativism naturalism

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael P. Wolf
    • 1
  • Jeremy Randel Koons
    • 2
  1. 1.Washington, PAUSA
  2. 2.DohaQatar

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-33687-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-33686-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-33687-9
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