Anti-Normativism Evaluated

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Ulf Hlobil
Concordia University
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I argue that recent attempts to show that meaning and content are not normative fail. The two most important arguments anti-normativists have presented are what I call the ‘argument from constitution’ and the ‘argument from guidance’. Both of these arguments suffer from the same basic problem: they overlook the possibility of focusing on assessability by norms, rather than compliance with norms or guidance by norms. Moreover, I argue that the anti-normativists arguments fail even if we ignore this basic problem. Thus, we have not been given good reasons to think that normativism is false
Keywords normativism  meaning  content  normativity  theory of content
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DOI 10.1080/09672559.2015.1042398
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