Judith Jarvis Thomson’s Normativity (2008) is a formidable book in terms of both content and style (all otherwise unattributed page references in what follows are to this book). The structure is modular, as though to encourage the reader who wants to dip in and out. But as you read, it becomes clear that dipping in and out would not be a good idea. Questions that occur to you are sometimes addressed immediately, but sometimes the answers can only be inferred from what’s said elsewhere. Moreover, sometimes the questions themselves only occur to you after you’ve reached the end and tried to figure out how the whole story fits together. Nor should this be surprising. Thomson’s ambition is nothing less than to explain normative thought and...

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