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- DescriptionJoshua Gert presents an original and ambitious theory of the rmative. Expressivism and n-reductive realism represent two very widely separated poles in contemporary discussions of rmativity. But the domain of the rmative is both large and diverse; it includes, for example, the harmful, the fun, the beautiful, the wrong, and the rational. It would be extremely surprising if either expressivism or n-reductive realism managed to capture all-or even the most important-phemena associated with all of these tions. Normative Bedrock defends a response-dependent account of the rmative that accommodates the kind of variation in response that some n-reductive realists downplay or igre, but that also allows for the sort of straightforward talk of rmative properties, rmative truth, and substantive rmative disagreement that expressivists have had a hard time respecting. One of the distinctive features of Gert's approach is his reliance, throughout, on an analogy between colour properties and rmative properties. He argues that the appropriate response to a given instance of a rmative property may often depend significantly on the perspective one takes on that instance: for example, whether one views it as past or future. Ather distinctive feature of Normative Bedrock is its focus on the basic rmative property of practical irrationality, rather than on the tion of a rmative reason or the tion of the good. This simple shift of focus allow for a more satisfying account of the link between reasons and motivation, and helps to explain why and how some reasons can justify far more than they can require, and why we therefore need two strength values to characterize the rmative capacities of practical reasons.
- Author BiographyJoshua Gert is a Professor of Philosophy at the College of William and Mary. He writes primarily in value theory and philosophy of colour.
- Author(s)Joshua Gert
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication27/09/2012
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Weight412 g
- Width148 mm
- Height222 mm
- Spine19 mm
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