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Spheres of reason: new essays in the philosophy of normativity

Robertson, Simon, ed. 2009. Spheres of reason: new essays in the philosophy of normativity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572939.001.0001

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This book comprises nine chapters on the philosophy of normativity. On one broad construal level, the normative sphere concerns norms, requirements, oughts, reasons, reasoning, rationality, justification, and value. These notions play a central role in both philosophical enquiry and everyday thought; but there remains considerable disagreement how to understand normativity — its nature, metaphysical and epistemological bases — and how different aspects of normative thought connect to one another. As well as exploring traditional and ongoing issues central to our understanding of normativity — especially those concerning reasons, reasoning, and rationality — the chapters develop new approaches to and perspectives within the field. Notably, they make a timely and distinctive contribution to normativity as it features across each of the practical, epistemic, and affective regions of thought, including the important issue of how normativity as it applies to action, belief, and feeling may (or may not) connect. In doing so, the chapters engage topics in the philosophy of mind and action, epistemology, normative ethics, and metaethics.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Edited Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199572939
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2020 04:15

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