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Do Normative Predictions Make Sense? Pragmatism and Ethics in Calderoni


Giovanni Tuzet


Bocconi University - Department of Law

December 13, 2016


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The work deals with the applicability of Peirce’s pragmatic maxim to normative concepts, defining them in terms of predictions. The starting point is the work of Mario Calderoni (1879-1914), an Italian pragmatist who tried to apply pragmatism to ethical and legal issues. The conclusion of the paper is that it does not make sense to make normative predictions with a definitional purpose, that is, for the purpose of defining a normative concept, although it does make sense for cognitive ends, that is, for the purpose of knowing what will (probably) happen following the application or misapplication of certain norms.

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Keywords: Pragmatism, Legal Theory, Prediction


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Date posted: January 18, 2017  

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Tuzet, Giovanni, Do Normative Predictions Make Sense? Pragmatism and Ethics in Calderoni (December 13, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2900313 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2900313

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Milan, 20136
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