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Thinking about Normativity: Ralph Wedgwood on 'Ought'

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Ralph Wedgwood's The Nature of Normativity provides a theory about the semantics, metaphysics, and epistemology of normative judgments, taken to be judgments of the form 'I ought to '. The theory is based on the principle of Normative Judgment Internalism, and the principle that 'the intentional is normative'. I argue, first, that by being merely about oughts, Wedgwood's account leaves out one essential constituent of normativity: value. Secondly, I argue that mainly because of this, the account faces a serious issue of relevance.

Affiliations: 1: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Postbus 9104, 6500 HE Nijmegen, The Netherlands;, Email:


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