Wise choices, apt feelings : a theory of normative judgment


Wise choices, apt feelings : a theory of normative judgment

Allan Gibbard

Harvard University Press, 1992, c1990

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-338) and index



This book examines some of the deepest questions in philosophy: What is involved in judging a belief, action, or feeling to be rational? What place does morality have in the kind of life it makes most sense to lead? How are we to understand claims to objectivity in moral judgments and in judgments of rationality? When we find ourselves in fundamental disagreement with whole communities, how can we understand our disagreement and cope with it? To shed light on such issues, Allan Gibbard develops what he calls a "norm-expressivistic analysis" of rationality. He refines this analysis by drawing on evolutionary theory and experimental psychology, as well as on more traditional moral and political philosophy. What emerges is an interpretation of human normative life, with its quandaries and disputes over what is rational and irrational, morally right and morally wrong. Judgments of what it makes sense to do, to think, and to feel, Gibbard argues, are central to shaping the way we live our lives. Gibbard does not hesitate to take up a wide variety of possible difficulties for his analysis. This sensitivity to the true complexity of the subject matter gives his treatment a special richness and depth. The fundamental importance of the issues he addresses and the freshness and suggestiveness of the account he puts forward, along with his illuminating treatment of aspects of sociobiology theory, will ensure this book a warm reception from philosophers, social scientists, and others with a serious interest in the nature of human thought and action.


PART I: ANALYSES 1. The Puzzle 2. Nature and Judgment 3. Analyses Broached 4. Normative Psychology 5. Normative Logic PART II: PSYCHE IN NATURE 6. Natural Representation 7. Moral Emotions PART III: NORMATIVE OBJECTIVITY 8. Objectivity: First Steps 9. Normative Authority 10. Parochial Judgment 11. Rationale and Warrant 12. Pragmatic Support 13. Communities of Judgment PART IV: MORAL INQUIRY 14. Moral Concern 15. Assessing Feeling 16. Structural Questions 17. Moral System References Index

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  • ISBN
    • 0674953789
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  • 出版地
    Cambridge, Mass.
  • ページ数/冊数
    x, 346 p.
  • 大きさ
    24 cm
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