Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

A role for normativism

Igor Douven

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen, 9712 GL Groningen, The Netherlands.


Elqayam & Evans (E&E) argue against prescriptive normativism and in favor of descriptivism. I challenge the assumption, implicit in their article, that there is a choice to be made between the two approaches. While descriptivism may be the right approach for some questions, others call for a normativist approach. To illustrate the point, I briefly discuss two questions of the latter sort.