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Dousing the dragon's fire

Wickham, G. (2011) Dousing the dragon's fire. Thesis Eleven, 107 (1). pp. 106-114.

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After suggesting that Stephen Turner's work is characterized by a determination to offer viable alternatives to blockages generated by adherence to dogmas, particularly those generated by adherence to Kantian metaphysics, this review article concentrates on his recent book Explaining the Normative. The article sets out the book's descriptions of a wide variety of positions, 'each of which accounts for a different kind of normativity'. Perhaps the only common feature of these positions is the idea of 'the necessity or indispensability of the normative'. Turner challenges the normativists' certainty, employing a range of argumentative strategies which add up to the project of explaining the normative. The article seeks to show how Turner goes about this project and to show that he succeeds in his quest to undermine the normativists' claim that the normative itself cannot be explained. Ultimately, Turner is able to say to them, politely but firmly, 'Yes it can'.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Sage Publications
Copyright: © Thesis Eleven Pty, Ltd., SAGE Publications 2011.
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