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Understanding People: Normativity and Rationalizing Explanation

Alan Millar


This book shows that ascriptions of beliefs and intentions are normative in that they have normative implications. Since there is no more to believing something and intending something than meeting the conditions for falling under, respectively, the concepts of so believing and of so intending, it follows that there is a normative dimension to the states of believing and intending. The idea is extended to all propositional attitudes via the assumption that attitudes with conceptual content have a normative dimension. The resulting picture is applied to issues about understanding people in term ... More

Keywords: propositional attitudes, normative reasons, normative commitments, semantic meaning, concepts, practices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199254408
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199254408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Millar, author
Department of Philosophy, University of Stirling
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