Ethical copula, negation, and responsibility judgments: Prior’s contribution to the philosophy of normative language

Synthese 193 (11):3441-3448 (2016)
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Prior’s arguments for and against seeing ‘ought’ as a copula and his considerations about normative negation are applied to the case of responsibility judgments. My thesis will be that responsibility judgments, even though often expressed by using the verb ‘to be’, are in fact normative judgments. This is shown by analyzing their negation, which parallels the behavior of ought negation.

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Federico L. G. Faroldi
Universita' degli Studi di Pavia


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