Wise Choices, Apt Feelings: A Theory of Normative Judgment
This treatise explores what is at issue in narrowly moral questions, and in questions of rational thought and conduct in general. It helps to explain why normative thought and talk so pervade human life, and why our highly social species might have evolved to be gripped by these questions. The author asks how, if his theory is right, we can interpret our normative puzzles, and thus proceed toward finding answers to them.
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Nature and Judgment
PSYCHE IN NATURE
Rationale and Warrant
Communities of Judgment
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