Naturalizing the normative and the bridges between is and ought

Katinka J P Quintelier*, Daniel M T Fessler

*Corresponding author for this work

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Elqayam & Evans (E&E) suggest descriptivism as a way to avoid fallacies and research biases. We argue, first, that descriptive and prescriptive theories might be better off with a closer interaction between is and ought. Moreover, while we acknowledge the problematic nature of the discussed fallacies and biases, important aspects of research would be lost through a broad application of descriptivism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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