On The Need For Normative Ethics: A Study Of Subjectivist Thought

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February 6, 2012

 

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Rather than statements designed to convey information, Emotivism relies on utterances that can be deemed neither true nor false. Moral judgments are interpreted as either commands (seen as an attempt to influence conduct rather than state fact) or exclamations (used, not to state one's opinion or report of one's feelings on a particular matter, but only to express some attitude irrelative of whether one actually possesses the attitude)...
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It circumvents the premiss that, "If Subjectivism is correct, than each of us is infallible in our moral judgments". (Rachels p.40) By choosing to interpret moral judgments as commands and/or expressions of some attitude, the theory thereby eliminates their qualification as true or false. The question of fallibility, then, is quashed...
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