The Normative And The Natural by Michael P. WolfThe Normative And The Natural by Michael P. Wolf

The Normative And The Natural

byMichael P. Wolf, Jeremy Randel Koons

Hardcover | September 9, 2016

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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.

Michael P. Wolf is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Washington and Jefferson College, US.  He has published extensively in the philosophy of language and epistemology.Jeremy Randel Koons is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar.  He has published widely in ...
Title:The Normative And The NaturalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:342 pages, 21 × 14.8 × 0.25 inPublished:September 9, 2016Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:331933686X

ISBN - 13:9783319336862

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Table of Contents

1. A Thematic Look at Contemporary Naturalism.- 2. Why Do We Need Normativity?.- 3. Supervenience and reductionist accounts of the normative.- 4. Low-Cost Truth and Moderate Pluralism.- 5. Interests, Embodiment and Constraint by the World.- 6. Action-Guiding Content.- 7. An Ontologically Innocent Account of Normativity.- 8. Unity Without Uniformity: Cross-Discourse Contribution.- 9. Varieties of Contribution from Non-Normative to Normative Discourse.