Normativity and Naturalism in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

2016.10.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mark Risjord (ed.), Normativity and Naturalism in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Routledge, 2016, 272pp., $112.00 (hbk),
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2016.10.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Mark Risjord (ed.), Normativity and Naturalism in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Routledge, 2016, 272pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781138936621. Reviewed by Francesco Guala, University of Milan The domain of philosophy has been shrinking over time, partly as a consequence of its divorce from theology, but mainly because of the constant growth of scientific knowledge. It is impossible today to talk competently about venerable topics like space, time, life, or the 'soul' while ignoring the discoveries made by physicists, biologists and cognitive scientists. One set of topics, nevertheless, seems to remain out of scientists' reach: the domain of the normative, or the realm of the 'ought'. Sociologists and historians of course have a lot to say about the way we came to believe, for example, that slavery is wrong; but they cannot tell us why it is immoral to buy and sell human beings. Psychologists similarly. . .

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