Normative requirements (Rationality, correct reasoning)

John Richard Broome

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Normative requirements are often overlooked, but they are central features of the normative world. Rationality is often thought to consist in acting for reasons, but following normative requirements is also a major part of rationality. In particular, correct reasoning--both theoretical and practical--is governed by normative requirements rather than by reasons. This article explains the nature of normative requirements, and gives examples of their importance. It also describes mistakes that philosophers have made as a result of confusing normative requirements with reasons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-419
Number of pages22
JournalRatio-New Series
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999


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