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Shaping the Normative Landscape$
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David Owens

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199691500

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691500.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Shaping the Normative Landscape

David Owens

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Certain basic notions are introduced, e.g. normative interest, normative power, deontic value. Three different ways in which obligation can be choice-dependent are distinguished. Various key claims to be discussed in the book are enunciated, both claims to be rejected (like the Rationalist claim that only reasons can make sense of intentional action) and claims to be defended (like the claim that the possibility of normative powers depends on our possession of normative interests, or the claim that deontic phenomena can have value for their own sake). The structure of the book is outlined and the logical geography of some central notions — e.g. wrong, wronging, and obligation — is diagrammed.

Keywords:   choice-dependent obligation, rationalism, intentional action, making sense, normative interest, normative power, deontic value

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