One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
- ‘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.’
- ‘In such logical analysis ethics could be dismissed as a species of emotivism.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Analytic ethics has been very fairly impoverished given the postivist legacy of emotivism, the formalism of Kantian ethics and the technicalism of utilitarianism.’
- ‘The logical positivists who dealt with ethics put forward a view called emotivism.’
- ‘The downside of the Catholic approach is that it can tend to dismiss all appeals to living discipleship as emotivism.’
- ‘There's little indication of the available range of ethical theories, from crude emotivism to Platonic realism, from McDowellian objectivism to virtue theory.’
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