The Resource On Thomson's Normativity, Michael James Vossen

On Thomson's Normativity, Michael James Vossen

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On Thomson's Normativity
Title
On Thomson's Normativity
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Michael James Vossen
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eng
Summary
Are non-attributive uses of 'good' meaningful? Judith Jarvis Thomson, in her book, Normativity, argues that such uses are not. I argue that Thomson is mistaken, but in a way which improves on her basic account of the evaluative and directive judgments central to normative thought. Relations among kinds, and not just relations between kinds and individuals, can be understood as ethically relevant. Such kind-kind relations can provide a semantic basis for non-attributive uses of good. Accounting for such non-attributive uses allows Thomson to address three significant problems with her account. First, this account allows Thomson to make a more nuanced and charitable discussion of ethical realism and anti-realism. Second, this account provides a place in Thomson's framework for ethically relevant distinctions such as intrinsic/extrinsic goodness, and moral/non-moral evaluation. Finally, this account provides Thomson the basis for resolving issues in her account of directives. Thomson account of directives such as 'ought' is defective in that the 'ought' of a more general kind eliminates that of a less general kind in cases of conflicting oughts. I demonstrate how such an account generates counter intuitive results and in fact undermines other parts of Thomson's analysis. The kind-kind relations used in the account of non-attributive uses of good also can be used by Thomson as the basis of a non-eliminative account of directives. Such relations account for why some 'oughts' have more weight than others
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Vossen, Michael James
Degree
M.A.
Dissertation year
2011.
Granting institution
University of Missouri--St. Louis
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non fiction
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  • bibliography
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  • Thomson, Judith Jarvis
  • Normativity (Ethics)
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On Thomson's Normativity, Michael James Vossen
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Title from title page of PDF (University of Missouri--St. Louis, viewed August 10, 2011)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 45-50)
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online resource
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text
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rdacontent.
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746156041
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1 online resource (50 pages).
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online
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computer
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rdamedia.
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  • c
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)746156041
Label
On Thomson's Normativity, Michael James Vossen
Publication
Note
Title from title page of PDF (University of Missouri--St. Louis, viewed August 10, 2011)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (page 45-50)
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
746156041
Extent
1 online resource (50 pages).
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)746156041

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