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Explaining Norms and Norms Explained

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posted on 01.01.2008, 00:00 by David DanksDavid Danks, Frederick Eberhardt
Oaksford & Chater (O&C) aim to provide teleological explanations of behavior by giving an appropriate normative standard: Bayesian inference. We argue that there is no uncontroversial independent justification for the normativity of Bayesian inference, and that O&C fail to satisfy a necessary condition for teleological explanations: demonstration that the normative prescription played a causal role in the behavior's existence.

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