Definition of emotivism in English:



  • An ethical theory that regards ethical and value judgments 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.’



/əˈmōdiˌviz(ə)m/ /əˈmoʊdɪˌvɪz(ə)m/