Definition of emotivism in English:



mass nounPhilosophy
  • An ethical theory which regards ethical and value judgements as expressions of feeling or attitude and prescriptions of action, rather than assertions or reports of anything.

    • ‘There's little indication of the available range of ethical theories, from crude emotivism to Platonic realism, from McDowellian objectivism to virtue theory.’
    • ‘If so, simple emotivism of the sort described is refuted because the sincerity conditions for making the judgement require the motivation not present in the amoralist.’
    • ‘The logical positivists who dealt with ethics put forward a view called emotivism.’
    • ‘Analytic ethics has been very fairly impoverished given the postivist legacy of emotivism, the formalism of Kantian ethics and the technicalism of utilitarianism.’
    • ‘In such logical analysis ethics could be dismissed as a species of emotivism.’
    • ‘Thompson was no fan of Orwell, perhaps in part because he saw in him an image of his own romantic emotivism and self-conscious idiosyncratic bluffness.’
    • ‘The downside of the Catholic approach is that it can tend to dismiss all appeals to living discipleship as emotivism.’