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Confusion of tongues : a theory of normative language

Author: Stephen Finlay, (Professor)
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016. ©2014
Series: Oxford moral theory.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Oxford University Press paperbackView all editions and formats
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Can normative words like "good," "ought," and "reason" be defined in entirely non-normative terms? Confusion of Tongues argues that they can, advancing a new End-Relational theory of the meaning of this language as providing the best explanation of the many different ways it is ordinarily used. Philosophers widely maintain that analyzing normative language as describing facts about relations cannot account for  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Finlay, (Professor)
ISBN: 9780190649630 0190649631
OCLC Number: 1001220346
Description: viii, 278 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Chapter 1. IntroductionChapter 2. A Good Word to Start WithChapter 3. The Probable Meaning of 'Ought'Chapter 4. Explaining ReasonsChapter 5. Pragmatics and PracticalityChapter 6. Multiple EndsChapter 7. Categorical and FinalChapter 8. A Disagreeable ProblemChapter 9. Conclusion
Series Title: Oxford moral theory.
Other Titles: Theory of normative language
Responsibility: Stephen Finlay.

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Can normative words like "good," "ought," and "reason" be defined in non-normative terms? Stephen Finlay argues that they can, advancing a new theory of the meaning of this language and providing  Read more...

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Stephen Finlay's Confusion of Tongues (COT) is an ambitious book. Its first half advances a unifying semantics for normative words, including 'good', 'ought', and 'reason'. In the second half, he Read more...

 
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