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emotivism Line breaks: emo¦tiv|ism
Pronunciation: /ɪˈməʊtɪvɪz(ə)m/

Definition of emotivism in English:


[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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Example sentences
  • 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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