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Being For: Evaluating the Semantic Program of Expressivism

Mark Schroeder

Abstract

Expressivism — the sophisticated contemporary incarnation of the noncognitivist research program of Ayer, Stevenson, and Hare — is no longer the province of metaethicists alone. Its comprehensive view about the nature of both normative language and normative thought has also recently been applied to many topics elsewhere in philosophy. Yet the semantic commitments of expressivism are still poorly understood and have not been very far developed. Expressivists have not yet even managed to solve the ‘negation problem’ — to explain why atomic normative sentences are inconsistent with their negatio ... More

Keywords: noncognitivism, semantics, Frege-Geach problem, metaethics

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199534654
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534654.001.0001

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Mark Schroeder, author
University of Southern California
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