chapter  3
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Beyond Human Nature

ByJan Gorecki

The list of feasible justifications registered earlier includes, besides human nature, three kinds of normmaking facts. The first is the fact that the norm has been stipulated by a heteronomous, authoritative “source,” the second—that the norm is a necessary dictate of reason, and the third—that the norm is true. All three have a common peculiar characteristic: by transcending human nature, they presume broader assertions about the ultimate nature of the world, or about our knowledge of the world, or both.