Having It Both Ways: Hybrid Theories and Modern Metaethics

Hardcover | November 4, 2014

EditorGuy Fletcher, Michael Ridge

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A recent trend in metaethics has been to reject the apparent choice between pure cognitivism, where moral (and other normative) judgments are understood as representational or belief-like states, and pure non-cognitivism, where they are understood as non-representational or desire-like states.Rather, philosophers have adopted views which seek in some way to combine the strengths of each side while avoiding the standard problems for each. Some such views claim that moral judgments are complexes of belief-like and desire-like components. Other views claim that normative language servesboth to ascribe properties and to express desire-like attitudes. This collection of twelve new essays examines the prospects for such "hybrid views" of normative thought and language. The papers, which focus mainly on moral thought and talk, provide a guide to this debate while also pushing it forward along numerous fronts.

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A recent trend in metaethics has been to reject the apparent choice between pure cognitivism, where moral (and other normative) judgments are understood as representational or belief-like states, and pure non-cognitivism, where they are understood as non-representational or desire-like states.Rather, philosophers have adopted views whi...

Guy Fletcher is British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. Michael Ridge is Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:November 4, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsIntroductionPart I1. Michael Ridge: How to Insult a Philosopher2. Daniel Boisvert: Expressivism, Non-Declaratives, and Success-Conditional Semantics3. David Copp: Can a Hybrid Theory Have it Both Ways? Moral Thought, Open Questions and Moral Motivation4. Ryan Hay: Attitudinal Requirements for Moral Thought and Language: Noncognitive Type-Generality5. Jon Tresan: Diachronic Hybrid Moral Realism6. Stephen Finlay: The Pragmatics of Normative Disagreement7. John Eriksson: Hybrid Expressivism: How to Think About MeaningPart II8. Guy Fletcher: Moral Utterances, Attitude Expression and Implicature9. Stephen Barker: Pure versus Hybrid Expressivism and the Enigma of Conventional Implicature10. Dorit Bar-On, Matthew Chrisman and Jim Sias: (How) is Ethical Neo- Expressivism a Hybrid View?11. Laura Schroeter and Francois Schroeter: Why Go Hybrid? A Cognitivist Alternative to Hybrid Theories of Normative Judgment12. Mark Schroeder: Truth In Hybrid SemanticsBibliographyIndex