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« A bit on logic | Main | More on norms »

March 02, 2007

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Richard

I don't know about this. Evolution might explain why we possess various goals, and why we are susceptible to normative beliefs (i.e. beliefs *about* the normative, not beliefs that are *themselves* normative). But those are purely descriptive facts, and most plausibly the basis for an error theory. (e.g. "there's really no such thing as normativity, but here's an evolutionary explanation of why you all believe otherwise...") How is it supposed to go beyond this, to establish that some goals are independently *worth* pursuing?

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