The Normative Mind
(2013 – 2017)

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This research project aims to bring together and integrate the various debates in epistemology, in meta-ethics and, to some extent, also in aesthetics that are concerned with the rational motivation and justification of mental attitudes (belief, intention, evaluation, etc.), as well as with the normative connections between values, reasons and norms.

Two particular views that we would like to defend are that justification is a matter both of the facts and of our awareness of them (thus combining externalist and internalist elements), and that our relevant motivating awareness of facts as reasons is part of our awareness of the phenomenal character of the attitudes concerned (thus combining rationalist and empiricist elements).




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The research project is generously funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.