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CHEN Zhen | How Can We Get Normative Knowledge?

Release Date: 2017/3/22 16:00:58

 CHEN Zhen | How Can We Get Normative Knowledge?

 

All human knowledge could be divided into two categories: descriptive knowledge and normative knowledge. The latter, though not as well accepted as the former, is more important in some sense, since it is the normative knowledge that determines the direction of the development, as well as the life and death of human being.

 

CHEN Zhen | How Can We Get Normative Knowledge?

 

On the morning of March 21, CHEN Zhen, whose main research interest is in philosophy, gave a lecture on normative knowledge.

 

Professor Chen began with three questions: 1.What is normative knowledge? 2. Is there normative knowledge that is as certain as natural science? and 3. How can we get such knowledge? He first elaborated on the concept of "knowledge" in the western context, which is the justified true belief according to Plato, and entails prima facie certainty. Not equal to either descriptive knowledge or legal knowledge, normative knowledge also includes the knowledge of virtue ethics. Citing a number of social events ranging from uncivilized behavior, crime to war, he pointed out that normative knowledge does exists, and it tells people what should be done, what should not. As the “a priori” knowledge, normative knowledge cannot be proven by empirical induction, but has cognitive reason as its prerequisite. Professor Chen Concluded his talk by pointing out that in order to make a correct normative judgment, a person must be in the ideal cognitive state, where he or she gets all relevant natural facts and is in a normal state of mind, as well as a rational and impartial position.

 

CHEN Zhen | How Can We Get Normative Knowledge?

 

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