Emerged content and dynamic normativit

Yujian ZHENG

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My objective in this essay is to explore and to articulate certain distinctive forms of dynamic normativity at a level deeper than that of our ordinary usage of the terms, "norm" or "rule" in the prescriptive sense of "ought." Forms of normativity, namely, interpretive and constitutive forms, are not only bound by evolution, but ultimately, via the same dynamic process, they give rise to our prescriptive-normative practices. As a theoretical backdrop for motivating my proposal, I start with an elaboration of the diachronic holism that is embedded in teleo-semantic functions. Then, I discuss the gap between content talk and physical talk, and finally, I shift my focus toward the notion of a natural norm. In justifying my new conception of normativity, I lay out a broad criterion of normativity based on external reasons. Further considerations of the status of external reasons and their relation to internal reasons, or to interpretation, lead me to an articulation of the dynamics of constitutive normativity, embodied in four evolutionary scenarios that are oriented toward full-blown intentionality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDynamic Being: Essays in Process-relational Ontology
PublisherCambridge Scholars
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781443876957
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


  • Content
  • Evolution
  • External reason
  • Natural norm
  • Normativity


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