Introduction: Normativity, Reasons, Rationality

Simon Robertson

in Spheres of Reason

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199572939
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722165 | DOI:

Series: Mind Association Occasional Series

Introduction: Normativity, Reasons, Rationality

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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's topic. It introduces the basic idea of normativity, first by focusing on two paradigmatic normative concepts — ought and a reason — as they apply across the practical, epistemic, and affective regions of thought, and then by introducing other candidate normative concepts, namely those falling under evaluative and rational categories. It then explores the idea that there may be a uniquely primitive normative concept, using possible connections between reasons and values as a test case. Next it considers the ‘reason-giving’ relation and its meta-normative status. It turns to two sets of issues about the relations between normativity and rationality. Finally, it introduces the chapters and explains their interconnections.

Keywords: normativity; ought; rationality; reasons; value

Chapter.  13768 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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