noun[mass noun] Philosophy
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.
- There's little indication of the available range of ethical theories, from crude emotivism to Platonic realism, from McDowellian objectivism to virtue theory.
- 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.
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- Whether this is sufficient to count such theories as emotivist or non-cognitivist is open to dispute, but many proponents of such views do call themselves non-cognitivists and emotivists.
- He put forward an emotivist theory of ethics, one that he never abandoned.
- Spinoza gave what would now be called an emotivist theory of moral judgement.
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