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A problem for the unity of normativity

Shackel, Nicholas 2014. A problem for the unity of normativity. Analysis 74 (3) , pp. 404-411. 10.1093/analys/anu063

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Abstract

A prevalent assumption is that normativity is a unity. In this paper I argue against this assumption by demonstrating the problems it poses to a well known answer to a well known problem for taking rationality to be normative. John Broome's normative requirement relation does indeed avoid that problem, but insofar as the relation is supposed to offer a general characterisation of the normativity of rationality, it fails. It fails because it cannot capture an important aspect of the normativity of rationality, that it is available to guide us. I show that if we distinguish two kinds of normativity it need not fail in this way.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0003-2638/ (accessed 03/07/14).
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0003-2638
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 15:09
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/61295

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