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Normative Externalism

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2020.05.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Brian Weatherson, Normative Externalism, Oxford University Press, 2019, 245pp., $70.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199696536. Reviewed by Bruce Russell, Wayne State University In this book, Brian Weatherson defends a view about what is important when it comes to evaluating actions and beliefs (and also agents and advice). He writes: I'm going to defend a fairly simple, and fairly extreme, position. It isn't a bad-making feature, in any way, of a belief that the believer thinks it is irrational, nor is it a bad-making feature of believers that they have beliefs that they think are irrational . . . The general principle throughout is to motivate and defend a picture where what matters is conformity to the actual rules -- be they rules of action or rules of belief -- rather than conformity to what one takes (or even rationally takes) the rules... Read More

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