Morality, Normativity, and Society

by David Copp

Oxford University Press | May 1, 1995 | Hardcover

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Moral claims not only purport to be true, they also purport to guide our choices. This book presents a new theory of normative judgment, the "standard-based theory," which offers a schematic account of the truth conditions of normative propositions of all kinds, including moral propositions and propositions about reasons. The heart of Copp''s approach to moral propositions is a theory of the circumstances under which corresponding moral standards qualify as justified, the "society-centered theory." He argues that because any society needs a social moral code in order to enable its members to live together successfully, and because it would be rational for a society to choose such a code, certain moral codes, and the standards they include, are justified. According to the standard-based theory then, if certain moral standards are indeed justified, corresponding moral propositions may be true. Copp''s approach to morality and explaining normativity and the truth conditions of moral claims, raises a number of important issues in moral theory, as well as in metaphysics and the philosophy of language.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 280 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 0.87 in

Published: May 1, 1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10: 0195078799

ISBN - 13: 9780195078794

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Morality, Normativity, and Society

by David Copp

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 280 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 0.87 in

Published: May 1, 1995

Publisher: Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0195078799

ISBN - 13: 9780195078794

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Moral claims not only purport to be true, they also purport to guide our choices. This book presents a new theory of normative judgment, the "standard-based theory," which offers a schematic account of the truth conditions of normative propositions of all kinds, including moral propositions and propositions about reasons. The heart of Copp''s approach to moral propositions is a theory of the circumstances under which corresponding moral standards qualify as justified, the "society-centered theory." He argues that because any society needs a social moral code in order to enable its members to live together successfully, and because it would be rational for a society to choose such a code, certain moral codes, and the standards they include, are justified. According to the standard-based theory then, if certain moral standards are indeed justified, corresponding moral propositions may be true. Copp''s approach to morality and explaining normativity and the truth conditions of moral claims, raises a number of important issues in moral theory, as well as in metaphysics and the philosophy of language.

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Under what conditions can moral claims be said to be true? Copp''s book explores this question, starting from a new cognitivist theory of normative judgement - the "standard-based theory" - which offers a schematic account of the truth conditions of normative propositions of all kinds, including moral propositions and propositions about reasons. According to the theory, a moral proposition is true only if a corresponding moral standard is relevantly justified. At the heart of the book is a theory of the circumstances under which moral standards qualify as justified, the "society-centered theory". Copp argues that because any society needs a social moral code in order to enable its members to live together successfully, and because it would be rational for a society to choose such a code, certain moral codes, and the standards they include, are justified. The standard-based theory says, then, that corresponding moral propositions may therefore be true. Offering new perspectives on reason and rational choice, Copp''s approach to morality and normativity raises a number of important issues in moral theory, as well as in metaphysics and the philosophy of language.

About the Author

David Copp is at University of California, Davis.

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"...clear, ambitious, fair-minded,...All of it deserves careful study."--Ethics
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