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Derek Parfit

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198778608.001.0001

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Jackson’s Non-Empirical Normative Truths

Jackson’s Non-Empirical Normative Truths

(p.128) 43 Jackson’s Non-Empirical Normative Truths
On What Matters

Derek Parfit

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents some arguments on non-empirical normative truths. It considers the assumption that, if there were any non-natural normative truths, these truths would be about ontologically weighty non-natural properties. Given what we have learnt about our world, we know that there are no such properties and truths. But the chapter argues that these normative truths are not about such ontologically weighty non-natural properties. It is implied that metaphysical Nnturalists can consistently believe that there are some non-empirical truths, such as logical, mathematical, and modal truths, and some fundamental normative truths. These truths do not add anything mysterious to a Naturalist's ontology, however.

Keywords:   non-empirical normative truths, non-natural normative truths, normative truths, ontologically weighty non-natural properties, non-empirical truths, naturalism

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