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Paper   IPM / Philosophy / 17761
School of Analytic Philosophy
  Title:   How to Explain Moore's Paradox Normatively
  Author(s):  Alireza Kazemi
  Status:   Forthcoming
  Journal: Erkenntnis
  Year:  2025
  Supported by:  IPM
Abstract: I develop and defend a novel norm-based explanation of Moore's paradox in thought, according to which the sheer absurdity we intuitively feel in judging an instance of Moore's paradox stems from violating the constitutive norm of belief inexplicably, i.e., in a way that cannot be made sense of through the categories of mistake, ignorance, cheating, akrasia, and flouting. I highlight the ways my explanation is different from other normative proposals and argue that this explanation is not subject to the problems that beset other normative explanations of Moore’s paradox. The normative explanation of Moore's paradox proposed here can also shed light on absurdity in norm-constituted practices in general.

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