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Allan Gibbard

Meaning and Normativity

September 21, 2012

Professor Allan Gibbard’s two books, Wise Choices, Apt Feelings (1990) and Thinking How to Live (2003) develop a general theory of moral judgments and judgments of rationality. Wise Choices, Apt Feelings draws on psychology, anthropology and evolutionary theory, and Thinking How to Live draws further consequences for how normative concepts work. In addition to writing widely in ethical theory, he has made important contributions to the theories of conditionals, identity, and voting, and he is now writing a book on the concepts of meaning and mental content. He has held fellowships with the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities and The Rockefeller Foundation. He has been elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, member of the American Philosophical Society, fellow of the Econometric Society and member of the National Academy of Sciences. He has also been president of the central division of the American Philosophical Association.