Philosophical Studies 174 (11):2795-2817 (2017)

Daniel Wodak
University of Pennsylvania
The last two decades have seen a surge of support for normative quietism: most notably, from Dworkin, Nagel, Parfit and Scanlon. Detractors like Enoch and McPherson object that quietism is incompatible with realism about normativity. The resulting debate has stagnated somewhat. In this paper I explore and defend a more promising way of developing that objection: I’ll argue that if normative quietism is true, we can create reasons out of thin air, so normative realists must reject normative quietism.
Keywords normative quietism  reasons  Scanlon  normative realism
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-016-0811-3
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Mere Formalities: Normative Fictions and Normative Authority.Daniel Wodak - forthcoming - Canadian Journal of Philosophy:1-23.
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