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(2011) New waves in metaethics, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

The authority of social norms

Nicholas Southwood

pp. 234-248

An important recent development in metaethics has been a broadening of its scope. Traditional metaethics was concerned mainly with trying to understand the normative character of moral norms. Contemporary metaethicists are now also turning their attention to a range of other normative — or putatively normative — phenomena and trying to understand the normativity of, for instance, norms of rationality (Broome, 2005; Kolodny, 2005; Schroeder, 2009c; Southwood, 2008), norms of prudence (Brink, 2003; Bykvist, 2006; Laden, 2009), epistemic norms (Chrisman, 2007; Chuard and Southwood, 2009; Jenkins, 2007), and so on.

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DOI: 10.1057/9780230294899_12

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Southwood, N. (2011)., The authority of social norms, in M. Brady (ed.), New waves in metaethics, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 234-248.

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