Expressing Our Attitudes: Explanation and Expression in Ethics, Volume 2

Hardcover | September 27, 2015

byMark Schroeder

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When the logical positivists espoused emotivism as a theory of moral discourse, they assumed that their general theories of meaning could be straightforwardly applied to the subject of metaethics. The philosophical research program of expressivism, emotivism's contemporary heir, has calledthis assumption into question. In this volume Mark Schroeder argues that the only plausible ways of developing expressivism or similar views require us to re-think what we may have thought that we knew about propositions, truth, and the nature of attitudes like belief and desire. Informed bydetailed scrutiny of the structural problems about understanding complex thoughts, he develops a range of alternative expressivist frameworks in detail as illustrations of general lessons, and applies them not just to metaethics, but to epistemic expressions and even to truth itself.Expressing Our Attitudes pulls together over a decade of work by one of the leading figures in contemporary metaethics. Two new and seven previously published papers weave treatments of propositions, truth, and the attitudes together with detailed development of competing alternative expressivistframeworks and discussion of their relative advantages. A substantial new introduction both offers new arguments of its own, and provides a map to reading these essays as a unified argument.Along with its sister volume, Explaining the Reasons We Share, this volume advances the theme that metaethical inquiry is continuous with other areas of philosophy.

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When the logical positivists espoused emotivism as a theory of moral discourse, they assumed that their general theories of meaning could be straightforwardly applied to the subject of metaethics. The philosophical research program of expressivism, emotivism's contemporary heir, has calledthis assumption into question. In this volume M...

Mark Schroeder is the author of Slaves of the Passions (OUP, 2007), Being For: Evaluating the Semantic Program of Expressivism (OUP, 2008), Noncognitivism in Ethics (Routledge, 2010), and Explaining the Reasons We Share (OUP, 2014), as well as over fifty articles in ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of language. His work has app...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.9 inPublished:September 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart 1Expression for ExpressivistsHigher-Order Attitudes, Frege's Abyss, and the Truth in PropositionsPart 2Two Roles for Propositions: Cause for Divorce?How to Be an Expressivist About TruthHard Cases for Combining Expressivism and Deflationist TruthPart 3Hybrid Expressivism: Virtues and VicesTempered ExpressivismPart 4Is Semantics Formal?Attitudes and EpistemicsReferences