Study Guide - Emotivism According to Emotivism, ethical...

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Emotivism According to Emotivism, ethical claims are not factive. That is, when I say something like “murder is wrong,” I am not asserting Pro: Emotivism is an improvement over simple subjectivism. According to Simple Subjectivism when I say “X is morally acceptable” and you say, “X is morally unacceptable,” we are not actually disagreeing. We are making claims about different things. I am saying that I approve of X and you are saying that you disapprove of X if you say you do, and, likewise, you will grant that I approve of X if I say I do. Emotivism- we can actually disagree. Moral disagreements are disagreements in attitudes, not disagreements about attitudes. This means that when we disagree about some moral issue we want or desire different things. Ethical Nihilism Moral hypotheses never help explain why we observe anything. So we have no evidence for our moral opinions” (Harman) Moral Nihilism: every claim of the form, “you ought to X is all false” In everyday life, we interact with and make observations about medium sized dry goods like chairs and lasers pointers and microscopes. So we think there are facts about medium sized dry goods, such as that there are a certain number of chairs in this room, and so on. In the big picture, all of these things we think there are facts about---all of these
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