Joshua Gert

in Normative Bedrock

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199657544
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742217 | DOI:

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This short introductory chapter explains the overall strategy of the book. This is to demystify the domain of normativity not by giving a definition or account of normativity, but by providing an account of a handful of undisputedly normative notions: practical rationality, practical reasons, and personal harms. This strategy accomplishes two things. First, it provides a model for demystifying accounts of other normative notions. And it also provides a grounding for more complex normative notions, such as moral wrongness, which can be defined in terms of rationality, reasons, and harms, along with other non-normative notions.

Keywords: demystifying; grounding; harms; rationality; reasons; strategy; wrongness

Chapter.  2142 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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