Facts and Values: The Ethics and Metaphysics of Normativity (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy)

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9781138955516: Facts and Values: The Ethics and Metaphysics of Normativity (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy)
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This collection offers a synoptic view of current philosophical debates concerning the relationship between facts and values, bringing together a wide spectrum of contributors committed to testing the validity of this dichotomy, exploring alternatives, and assessing their implications. The assumption that facts and values inhabit distinct, unbridgeable conceptual and experiential domains has long dominated scientific and philosophical discourse, but this separation has been seriously called into question from a number of corners. The original essays here collected offer a diversity of responses to fact-value dichotomy, including contributions from Hilary Putnam and Ruth Anna Putnam who are rightly credited with revitalizing philosophical interest in this alleged opposition. Both they, and many of our contributors, are in agreement that the relationship between epistemic developments and evaluative attitudes cannot be framed as a conflict between descriptive and normative understanding. Each chapter demonstrates how and why contrapositions between science and ethics, between facts and values, and between objective and subjective are false dichotomies. Values cannot simply be separated from reason. Facts and Values will therefore prove essential reading for analytic and continental philosophers alike, for theorists of ethics and meta-ethics, and for philosophers of economics and law.

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Giancarlo Marchetti is Associate Professor at the Università degli studi di Perugia, Italy. He is the author of Il neo-pragmatismo (1999) and Verità e valori. Tra pragmatismo e filosofia analitica (2008), and the co-editor of Il Pragmatismo. Dalle origini agli sviluppi contemporanei (with Giovanni Maddalena and Rosa Maria Calcaterra, 2015).

Sarin Marchetti is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. He is the author of Ethics and Philosophical Critique in William James (2015) and James (2016), and the co-editor of Philosophical Revolutions: Pragmatism, Analytic Philosophy, and Phenomenology (with Maria Baghramian, forthcoming).

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