[SydPhil] Notification: Daniel Wodak @ Thu 7 Jun 2018 15:00 - 16:30 (AEST) (Current Projects)

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Title: Daniel Wodak
Is Hume’s Law a Threat to Positivism and Naturalism?
Hume’s Law—roughly, that one cannot derive an “ought” from an “is”—has long  
been baldly declared to pose a serious problem for legal positivism and  
moral naturalism. We point out that there is a gap between Hume’s Law  
(understood as a logical thesis about entailment relations between  
sentences) and positivism or naturalism (understood as metaphysical theses  
about grounding relations between facts), such that the former cannot  
imperil the latter all on its own. We then offer the most plausible and  
direct route to bridge this gap, via two defensible, albeit controversial  
bridge principles, which link grounding to necessitation and necessitation  
to entailment (respectively). We show why Hume’s law coupled with these  
bridge principles does pose a threat to positivism and naturalism. But we  
then argue that it also, surprisingly, poses an equally serious threat to  
many existing forms of anti-positivism and non-naturalism. The dialectical  
upshot here is two-fold: first, one must sign up for and defend some very  
strong views about the relationship between entailment and grounding in  
order to maintain that Hume’s Law is a problem for positivism or  
naturalism; and second, that in doing so one may well end up undermining  
one’s preferred alternative to positivism or naturalism.
When: Thu 7 Jun 2018 15:00 – 16:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Calendar: Current Projects
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