Normativity For Naturalists

@article{Leiter2015NormativityFN,
  title={Normativity For Naturalists},
  author={B. Leiter},
  journal={Philosophical Issues},
  year={2015},
  volume={25},
  pages={64-79}
}
  • B. Leiter
  • Published 2015
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophical Issues
  • Normativity is thought to be a problem for naturalists because the explanatory modalities of the empirical sciences do not make any reference to deontic or normative properties related to reasons, as distinct from nomic or descriptive ones. Naturalistic explanations operate in the idiom of causes, not norms, and casual mention of norms in such explanations are always shorthand for causal explanations that are norm-free. Thus, for the naturalist, what we call normativity is simply an artifact of… CONTINUE READING
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