Is Ethical Normativity Similar to Logical Normativity?

Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen, Juuso-Ville Gustafsson

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We examine ethics-related aspects of Hintikka's analogy that have previously gone unnoticed. They are: (1) the possibility of introducing and applying a novel distinction to ethics to distinguish two fundamentally different kinds of ethical rules, the definitory and the strategic rules; (2) the use of these rules to illustrate a fundamental shortcoming in the modern conception of normative ethics; (3) the possibility to separate two conceptions of ethics from each other based on the type of rules that they aim to formulate; (4) the radically different yet unexplored idea of treating ethical rules as strategic rules; and (5) taking Peirce's habits as strategic rules of interaction at work in both ethical and logical conduct.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHabit: Before and Beyond Consciousness
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISBN (Print)978-3319459189
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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