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Normative Reasons and Theism


Part of the Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion book series (PFPR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Gerald K. Harrison
    Pages 1-10
  3. Gerald K. Harrison
    Pages 11-27
  4. Gerald K. Harrison
    Pages 29-42
  5. Gerald K. Harrison
    Pages 43-58
  6. Gerald K. Harrison
    Pages 59-77
  7. Gerald K. Harrison
    Pages 79-103
  8. Gerald K. Harrison
    Pages 105-134
  9. Gerald K. Harrison
    Pages 135-158
  10. Gerald K. Harrison
    Pages 159-180
  11. Gerald K. Harrison
    Pages 181-192
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 193-204

About this book


Normative reasons are reasons to do and believe things. Intellectual inquiry seems to presuppose their existence, for we cannot justifiably conclude that we exist; that there is an external world; and that there are better and worse ways of investigating it and behaving in it, unless there are reasons to do and believe such things.  But just what in the world are normative reasons? In this book a case will be made for believing normative reasons are favouring relations that have a single, external source, filling this significant gap in the literature in an area within contemporary philosophy that has quickly grown in prominence. Providing a divine command metanormative analysis of normative reasons on entirely non-religious grounds, its arguments will be relevant to both secular and non-secular audiences alike and will address key issues in meta-ethics, evolutionary theory - especially evolutionary debunking threats to moral reasons and the normative more generally - and epistemology. 


Normative reasons Divine command metanormativity Practical Reason philosophical concept

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Massey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

About the authors

Gerald K. Harrison is Lecturer in Philosophy at Massey University, New Zealand. Specialising in meta-ethics and normative ethics, he has published in various journals and has contributor chapters to Just the arguments: 100 of the most important arguments in western philosophy (2011). 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Normative Reasons and Theism
  • Authors Gerald K. Harrison
  • Series Title Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-90795-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08103-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-90796-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 204
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethics
    Philosophy of Religion
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