Basic Normative Terms

Joshua Gert

in Normative Bedrock

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

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This chapter applies the method described in the previous chapter to give an account of some basic normative terms. It argues that the differences between normative terms for which cognitivism is most appropriate and those for which expressivism is most appropriate may often be the result of differences in the degree of agreement in response, and that the choice of one semantics over another can be seen as a practical matter. It also argues that many of the phenomena that philosophers have taken to be peculiar to the normative domain can be explained on this hypothesis, including the “magnetism” of certain normative properties.

Keywords: agreement; cognitivism; expressivism; magnetism; normative terms; response; semantics

Chapter.  17002 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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