Ethics- AJ Ayer - 2. Ayers Emotivism- Ethical concepts are...

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Ethics- AJ Ayer Emotivism- 20th century philosopher Influenced by wittengenstein Metaethical position ( Nietzsche ) Emotions 1. Logical positivism- early 29 th century movement in philosophy 2. Verification principle- only statements which can be verified have literal or cognitive meaning 3. Emotivism- view that ethical statements are nothing but expression of affective states which don’t express truth or falsehoods. Ethics and Science? 1. Criticisms of subjectivism, utilitarianism, and absolutism
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Unformatted text preview: 2. Ayers Emotivism- Ethical concepts are unanalyzable, pseudo concepts without factual content Now days ethics may be able to be linked to science but not in the days of AJ Ayer Can normal ethical concepts be reduced to scientific statements- Ayer says they cannot b/c you run into problems Words like wrong are only emotional responses to things they are not verifiable...
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