What is normative necessity?

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This chapter explores Fine’s suggestion that the ethical facts supervene on the natural facts, not as a matter of metaphysical necessity, but rather as a matter of normative necessity. The first part develops an argument against the metaphysical supervenience of the ethical, the main premises of which are ethical non-naturalism and Fine’s essentialist analysis of metaphysical necessity. The second part defends an analysis of normative necessity according to which P is normatively necessary iff P would have been the case no matter how the non-normative facts had been. The last part argues that the basic principles of ethics as the non-naturalist conceives them are indeed normatively necessary in this sense.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMetaphysics, Meaning, and Modality
Subtitle of host publicationThemes from Kit Fine
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9780199652624
StatePublished - Nov 19 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • Kit fine
  • Metaethics
  • Metaphysical necessity
  • Modality
  • Necessity
  • Non-naturalism
  • Normative necessity
  • Supervenience


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