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Russ Shafer-Landau

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199678044

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678044.001.0001

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Believing in Expressivism

Believing in Expressivism

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(p.252) 10 Believing in Expressivism
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Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Volume 8
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Teemu Toppinen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678044.003.0010

This chapter outlines an expressivist account of the meaning of normative sentences, according to which normative sentences express higher-order (or relational) states of being in certain kinds of complex states consisting of both desire-like states (or ‘pro-attitudes’) and non-normative beliefs. First, this kind of higher-order state view or higher-order state expressivism (cf. relational expressivism) is introduced (section 1). It is then argued that this view can exploit the resources that ecumenical expressivism is sometimes supposed to have for dealing with the Frege–Geach problem (section 2), and yet avoid the problems with the ecumenical view regarding validity, expression relation, and normative disagreement (sections 3, 4, and 5).

Keywords:   expressivism, higher-order state view, relational expressivism, ecumenical expressivism, hybrid expressivism, Frege–Geach problem, validity, expression, disagreement, normative disagreement

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