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Confusion of Tongues: A Theory of Normative Language

Stephen Finlay

Abstract

Can normative words like ‘good’, ‘ought’, and ‘reason’ be defined in entirely non-normative terms? This book argues that they can, advancing an end-relational theory of the meaning of this language as providing the best explanation of the many different ways it is ordinarily used. Whereas it is widely maintained that relational theories cannot account for the special features of moral and deliberative uses of these words, this book argues that the end-relational theory accommodates these features systematically on the basis of a single fundamental principle of conversational pragmatics. These ... More

Keywords: normativity, morality, normative language, meaning, pragmatics, context, metaethics, end-relational

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199347490
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347490.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Finlay, author
University of Southern California

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