Open Transcendentalism and the Normative Character of Methodology

Grazer Philosophische Studien 43 (July):1-24 (1993)
This paper examines normative elements in Henri Lauener’s “open transcendentalism,” with an eye to evaluate distinctive theses. After setting out some of Lauener’s basic positions in this area, in comparison with related views in Quine’s work, I argue that the views surveyed converge on a normative and contextualist cognitivism in Lauener’s methodological and epistemological perspective. Though he resists similar conclusion in the name of anti-naturalism, I argue that his “open transcendentalism” is plausibly construed as a non reductive naturalism.
Keywords Linguistic meaning  Normative epistemology  W.V. Quine  Henri Lauener
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DOI 10.5840/gps19934430
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