Abstract: The normativity of requirements and the normativity of reasons are fundamentally different. The meta-ethical problem about the former (posed, for example, in Hume’s argument about ‘is’ and ‘ought’) may be insoluble. The meta-ethical problem about the latter (posed, for example, in Hume’s argument about preferring the destruction of the world to the pricking of his finger) can be solved. The solution yields a purely descriptive meta-ethics, casting doubt on recent claims that the study of normativity belongs to an autonomous realm along with normativity itself.
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