Confusion of Tongues: A Theory of Normative Language

2014.11.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen Finlay, Confusion of Tongues: A Theory of Normative Language, Oxford University Press, 2014, 278pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.11.02 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stephen Finlay, Confusion of Tongues: A Theory of Normative Language, Oxford University Press, 2014, 278pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199347490. Reviewed by Matthew Chrisman, University of Edinburgh Metaethicists have long been interested in the meaning of the words 'good', 'ought', and 'reasons'. Many are persuaded that, although we might analyze one or another of these words in terms of the others, there's no breaking out of the circle of normative concepts when explaining the meaning of such words. This has led to the prominence of three main kinds of metaethical view. Nonnaturalists explain the irreducibility of the meaning of normative words by claiming that normative words denote sui generis normative properties, supervenient on but not identical to natural properties. A posteriori reductive naturalists explain this irreducibility by claiming that normative words express different concepts from words. . .

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