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The Nature of Normativity

Ralph Wedgwood

Abstract

This book presents a complete theory about the nature of normative thought, that is, the sort of thought that is concerned with what ought to be the case, or what we ought to do or think. This theory implies a kind of metanormative realism, according to which normative truths or facts are genuinely part of reality. At the same time, the theory aims to provide a substantive account of the nature of these normative facts, and a substantive explanation of how it is possible for us to know these facts and to refer to them in language or thought. In providing these explanations, the theory relies o ... More

Keywords: normative thought, metanormative realism, normativity of the intentional, intentionality, semantics, metaphysics, epistemology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199251315
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199251315.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ralph Wedgwood, author
Merton College, University of Oxford
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