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Stephen Finlay
Australian Catholic University
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 pragmatic explanations of the specially problematic features of its moral and deliberative uses which comprise the puzzles of metaethics
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Categorical and Final

This chapter examines two different challenges posed by moral absolutists to relational semantics for normative language: (1) the character of moral claims as ‘categorical imperatives’, and (2) claims about intrinsic or final value. First, categoricity is analyzed as a pragmatic phenomenon... see more


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