Gibbard's Theory of Norms

Paul Horwich

in From a Deflationary Point of View

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780199251261
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602252 | DOI:
Gibbard's Theory of Norms

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This essay reviews the book ‘Wise Choices, Apt Feelings: A Theory of Normative Judgement’ by Allan Gibbard. Gibbard presents an emotivist’s perspective on rationality. He argues that rationality is not a naturalistic property, neither simple nor complex. This conclusion provides no sense of mystery, since the overall tenor of the book is highly naturalistic.

Keywords: rationality; norms; emotivism; naturalism

Chapter.  4806 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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