Skookumchuck, Kiidk’yaas, Gibbard: normativity, meaning, and idealization

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 44 (1):148-161 (2014)
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I tried to tease out what Gilbert means by "normative". It isn't obvious. I conclude that assumptions about ideal agents – not just ideal in the sense of error-free but also ideal in the sense of unlimited – and assumptions about ideal placement of oneself in another person's situation, are essential to what he means. I conclude that what he says is very plausible given these assumptions, though they themselves are very problematic. Especially problematic is the idea of an unlimited simulation of a limited agent's perspective.
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