DO NORMATIVE FACTS MATTER⋯ to WHAT IS FEASIBLE?

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Journal Article (Review)

© 2016 Social Philosophy and Policy Foundation. G. A. Cohen famously argued that fundamental normative principles (for example, concerning justice) are "fact-free" in such a way that their truth is independent of nonnormative facts. For our purposes here, we take Cohen's claim as given. Our focus is on what might be thought of as the "other side" of this issue - on whether the non-normative facts that determine what might be feasible for us to accomplish are value-independent. We argue that they are not, that people have reason to think that the normative properties of different possible options can and sometimes do have a crucial impact on their feasibility. In other words: facts about feasibility are partially dependent on Cohen's "fact-free moral principles".

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brennan, G; Sayre-McCord, G

Published Date

  • January 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 434 - 456

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1471-6437

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0265-0525

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S0265052516000194

Citation Source

  • Scopus