Norms and Realism - 1. Factive norms and their significance

Abstract

A factive norm is a norm that mentions factive states, in a special sense. Factive norms for judgement are capable of explaining a range of epistemological phenomena. They are in certain respects more fundamental than other norms. They exist for a much wider range of subject-matters than is commonly appreciated, including not only perception and action, but in logic too, where they can help solve otherwise irresoluble puzzles. I will also be discussing the source and nature of these norms.