emotivism

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emotivism (plural emotivisms)

  1. (ethics) The meta-ethical stance that ethical judgments, such as those containing the words "should" and "ought to", are primarily expressions of one's own attitude and imperatives meant to change the attitudes and actions of another.
    • 1999, Nigel Warburton, Philosophy: The Basics[1]:
      Another important meta-ethical theory is known as emotivism or non-cognitivism. Emotivists ... claim that all ethical statements are literally meaningless.

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