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Martin Kusch

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251223

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199251223.001.0001

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Normativity and Community

Normativity and Community

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(p.175) Chapter 14 Normativity and Community
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DOI:10.1093/0199251223.003.0015

Argues that normativity can only exist for interacting individuals. The various individualistic responses to the communitarian position regarding rule‐following fail without exception. Moreover, of different communitarian views the most plausible and defensible is this: an individual is able to follow a rule only if the individual is currently a participating member of a group in which the very same rule is followed by other members. It is this thesis that ultimately supports the communitarian epistemology proposed in this book. It is also the thesis which informs the views of language, truth, and objectivity that connect with this epistemology.

Keywords:   individualism, normativity, private language argument, rule‐following, seems‐right vs. is‐right

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