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[mass noun] An ethical theory which regards ethical and value judgements as expressions of feeling or attitude and prescriptions of action, rather than assertions or reports of anything.
- ‘The downside of the Catholic approach is that it can tend to dismiss all appeals to living discipleship as emotivism.’
- ‘Thompson was no fan of Orwell, perhaps in part because he saw in him an image of his own romantic emotivism and self-conscious idiosyncratic bluffness.’
- ‘If so, simple emotivism of the sort described is refuted because the sincerity conditions for making the judgement require the motivation not present in the amoralist.’
- ‘The logical positivists who dealt with ethics put forward a view called emotivism.’
- ‘There's little indication of the available range of ethical theories, from crude emotivism to Platonic realism, from McDowellian objectivism to virtue theory.’
- ‘In such logical analysis ethics could be dismissed as a species of emotivism.’
- ‘Analytic ethics has been very fairly impoverished given the postivist legacy of emotivism, the formalism of Kantian ethics and the technicalism of utilitarianism.’
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