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Some Not-Much-Discussed Problems for Non-Cognitivism in Ethics

Smith, Michael

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The main objection to non-cognitivism explored in the philosophical literature to date has been semantic in nature. How can normative claims lack truth conditions when they have so many features in common with claims that have truth conditions? The main aim of this paper is to shift attention away from this dominant line of objection onto a range of other problems that non-cognitivists face. Specifically, I argue that, contrary to the non-cognitivists, normative claims do express beliefs, even...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSmith, Michael
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:19:50Z
dc.date.available2015-12-10T23:19:50Z
dc.identifier.issn0034-0006
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/66067
dc.description.abstractThe main objection to non-cognitivism explored in the philosophical literature to date has been semantic in nature. How can normative claims lack truth conditions when they have so many features in common with claims that have truth conditions? The main aim of this paper is to shift attention away from this dominant line of objection onto a range of other problems that non-cognitivists face. Specifically, I argue that, contrary to the non-cognitivists, normative claims do express beliefs, even by their own lights; that the truth of Normative Judgement Internalism does not support non-cognitivism; that arguing for non-cognitivism on the basis of the Open Question Argument, as non-cognitivists do, leads them to embrace a contradiction; and, finally, that non-cognitivists do not provide us with plausible candidates for the desires and aversions that, as they see things, get expressed in normative claims.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceRatio
dc.titleSome Not-Much-Discussed Problems for Non-Cognitivism in Ethics
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume14
dc.date.issued2001
local.identifier.absfor220305 - Ethical Theory
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub1210
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSmith, Michael, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage93
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage115
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T10:18:13Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-33645157092
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