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Normative Naturalism on Its Own Terms

In: Organon F, vol. 28, no. 3
Pekka Väyrynen


Year, pages: 2021, 505 - 530
Language: eng
Authoritative normativity; normative concepts; normative naturalism; one-term naturalism; practical normativity.
Article type: Research Article
About article:
Normative naturalism is primarily a metaphysical doctrine: there are normative facts and properties, and these fall into the class of natural facts and properties. Many objections to naturalism rely on additional assumptions about language or thought, but often without adequate consideration of just how normative properties would have to figure in our thought and talk if naturalism were true. In the first part of the paper, I explain why naturalists needn’t think that normative properties can be represented or ascribed in wholly non-normative terms. If so, certain prominent objections to normative naturalism fail. In the second part, I consider the objection that normative properties are “just too different” from (other) natural properties to themselves be natural properties. I argue that naturalists have no distinctive trouble making sense of thought and talk involving forms of “genuine” or “authoritative” normativity which can drive a non-question-begging form of the objection.
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Väyrynen, P. 2021. Normative Naturalism on Its Own Terms. In Organon F, vol. 28, no.3, pp. 505-530. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28302

Väyrynen, P. (2021). Normative Naturalism on Its Own Terms. Organon F, 28(3), 505-530. 1335-0668. DOI: https://doi.org/10.31577/orgf.2021.28302
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Publisher: Filozofický ústav SAV, Filosofický ústav AVČR
Published: 30. 8. 2021
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