We are open! For operations and delivery updates due to COVID-19. (click here)
0

Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Nature and Normativity: Biology, Teleology, and Meaning by Mark Okrent

Nature and Normativity argues that the problem of the place of norms in nature has been essentially misunderstood when it has been articulated in terms of the relation of human language and thought, on the one hand, and the world described by physics on the other. Rather, if we concentrate on the facts that speaking and thinking are activities of organic agents, then the problem of the place of the normative in nature becomes refocused on three related questions. First, is there a sense in which biological processes and the behavior of organisms can be legitimately subject to normative evaluation? Second, is there some sense in which, in addition to having ordinary causal explanations, organic phenomena can also legitimately be seen to happen because they should happen in that way, in some naturalistically comprehensible sense of 'should', or that organic phenomena happen in order to achieve some result, because that result should occur? And third, is it possible to naturalistically understand how human thought and language can be legitimately seen as the normatively evaluable behavior of a particular species of organism, behavior that occurs in order to satisfy some class of norms? This book develops, articulates, and defends positive answers to each of these questions.

Buy Nature and Normativity: Biology, Teleology, and Meaning by Mark Okrent from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780367886295
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 238
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Dec-2019
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Nature and Normativity: Biology, Teleology, and Meaning by Mark Okrent

Book Reviews - Nature and Normativity: Biology, Teleology, and Meaning by Mark Okrent

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Nature and Normativity: Biology, Teleology, and Meaning book by Mark Okrent and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)


A Preview for this title is currently not available.