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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 1 HT11

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 1 HT11
Start Date 17th Jan 2011 4:30pm
End Date 17th Jan 2011 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Simon Rippon (Oxford) 'Chess as a Normative Practice' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


What makes it the case that we have reasons, are subject to requirements, and ought to do certain things? I use the game of chess as a model for investigating these meta-normative questions. I argue that the game of chess cannot be properly characterized in purely descriptive terms: it is a “normative practice”. That is to say, it is at least partly constituted by a set of requirements and reasons that bear on the players in virtue of their commitment to it. I show how reflection on the nature of game of chess leads us to a constructivist account of at least some of the reasons and requirements we are subject to, and provides a model for understanding our other reasons and requirements without invoking queer normative entities.

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