Philosophical Books 50 (2):63-82 (2009)

Tristram McPherson
Ohio State University
Ralph Wedgwood’s The Nature of Normativity significantly advances our understanding of metaethical realism. After briefly reviewing the overall structure of Wedgwood’s argument for a Platonist realism about normativity, this critical notice focuses on three of the central metaphysical and epistemological claims that he defends. I first explain and raise difficulties for Wedgwood’s core claim that the intentional is normative. I then argue that his innovative attempt to finesse the supervenience problem that faces metaethical Platonists fails. Finally, I critically examine his attempt to explain how his Platonism is compatible with an acceptable epistemology of the normative.
Keywords normative realism  supervenience  metaethics
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DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0149.2009.00485.x
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