David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Telenomic Agency: Towards a proper functions theory of normativity (pdf) is a recent paper on the biological basis of normativity. This paper attempts to show that the notion of biological function/malfunction has more to offer our understanding of genuine agency than is usually acknowledged. It is suggested that moral and rational normativity attach to signals in very specific biological regulatory systems, and that the complexity of these systems accounts for much of the phenomenological richness of agency, as well as showing the error in standard counterexamples. If this is correct, it turns out that the incommensurability between "is" and "ought" may be due to the requirements of the systems within which descriptive and overtly normative language have their biologically normative roles, rather than to any incompleteness in naturalistic accounts. One consequence is that moral language can have objective (and naturalistically specifiable) truth conditions, without special moral facts and without reducibility to naturalistic description.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
|Through your library||Only published papers are available at libraries|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
M. Ratcliffe (2000). The Function of Function. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C 31 (1):113-133.
David Copp (2007). Morality in a Natural World: Selected Essays in Metaethics. Cambridge University Press.
David Copp (1995). Morality, Normativity, and Society. Oxford University Press.
Jeremy Randel Koons (2006). An Argument Against Reduction in Morality and Epistemology. Philosophical Investigations 29 (3):250–274.
Benoni B. Edin (2008). Assigning Biological Functions: Making Sense of Causal Chains. Synthese 161 (2):203 - 218.
R. Jay Wallace (ed.) (2006). Normativity and the Will: Selected Papers on Moral Psychology and Practical Reason. Oxford University Press.
Kenneth G. Ferguson (2007). Biological Function and Normativity. Philo 10 (1):17-26.
Mark Bauer (2009). Normativity Without Artifice. Philosophical Studies 144 (2):239-259.
Amin Turki (2011). On the Normativity of the Immune System. Medicine Studies 3 (1):29-39.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads4 ( #198,532 of 1,088,400 )
Recent downloads (6 months)0
How can I increase my downloads?