Mittwoch, 15. Dezember 2010, 18 Uhr c.t.

Campus Westend, Hörsaalzentrum HZ5

Prof. Joseph Raz (Columbia University, New York)

Normativity: What Is It and How Can It Be Explained?


Joseph Raz is Professor of Law at Columbia University of Arts and Sciences. 1972-85 he was professor of the philosophy of Law at Oxford University, and fellow of Balliol College, 1985-2006 Research Professor at Oxford University. He was visiting professor at Rockefeller University, Australian National University, UCLA at Berkeley, University of Toronto, Yale Law School, U. of Southern California, UC Irvine, Princeton University, U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Complutensa U. Madrid, and was invited to distinguished lectures (e.g., Kobe Lecture, Tokyo and Kyoto 1994; Tanner Lectures, Berkeley 2001; Storrs Lectures, Yale 2003; Minerva Lecture in Human Rights, Tel Aviv U. 2006). Honorary Doctor, Katholieke Universiteit, Brussels 1993; King´s College, London 2009. Publications include: The Authority of Law (1979, 2nd expanded ed. 2009); The Concept of a Legal System (1970, 2nd. Ed., 1980); The Morality of Freedom (1986); Practical Reasons and Norms (1975, 2nd. ed., 1980, dt. Übers. Praktische Gründe und Normen, 2006); Ethics in the Public Domain (rev. paperback ed. 1995), Engaging Reason (2000); Value, Respect, and Attachment (2001); The Practice of Value (2003); Between Authority and Interpretation (2009).


All normative phenomena are normative in as much as, and because, they provide reasons or are partly constituted by reasons. This makes the concept of a reason key to an understanding of normativity. I will present some thoughts about the nature of normative reasons, of rationality, and of the place of normativity in our life, and the connections between sociality (i.e. the fact that people are social animals), culture and normativity.


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