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an ethical theory based on the ideas and methodology of logical positivism. According to the theory, moral judgments and terms are neither true nor false; they are devoid of cognitive content, since they cannot be verified by experience. They are significant only to the extent that they express moral emotions (for example, the emotions of the speaker).

Viewing moral concepts as arbitrary, emotivism presents a nihilistic interpretation of morality. It gained currency between the 1920’s and 1940’s in Great Britain, Austria, and the USA. Its chief spokesmen have been A. Ayer, B. Russell, R. Carnap and H. Reichenbach.


Drobnitskii, O. G., and T. A. Kuz’mina. Kritika sovremennykh burzhuaznykh eticheskikh kontseptsii. Moscow, 1967. Chapter 4.
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Alasdair MacIntyre offers a keen insight into this situation when he identifies emotivism as "the doctrine that all evaluative judgments and more specifically all moral judgments are nothing but expressions of preference, expressions of attitude or feeling, insofar as they are moral or evaluative in character" (11) and then avows that "emotivism has become embodied in our culture" (21).
1) On this continuum the approach I am commending is a version of "cognitive intuitionism" (Shweder & Haidt, 1993), rather than either a Humean emotivism or Kantian-Kohlbergian cognitive rationalism.
29) They did so because any radicalization or universalization of atmatusti as a strong principle would lead inexorably to the kind of emotivism that has been so effectively critiqued by Maclntyre for contemporary moral debate and philosophy.
6) Response-dependence semantics for moral terms must be carefully distinguished from emotivism, the thesis that moral terms merely express sentiments and, hence, that sentences containing them are not truth-evaluable (see Ayer (1990)).
169) While Burns's positive account of legal fact-finding is unobjectionable--indeed, it simply reiterates the epistemic reality revealed and explicated by Pennington and Hastie (170)--his normative claim arguably drifts into emotivism by privileging the legal fact-finder's own preferences.
Jan Narveson (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Ontario) presents This Is Ethical Theory, a straightforward analysis of ethics and moral theory that covers perspectives including utilitarianism, natural law, egoism, virtue ethics, moral relativism, intuitionism, emotivism, prescriptivism, and more.
Documenting' Emotivism and Fandom in Wacko about Jacko" Social Semiotics 17.
The various theories of ethics include utilitarianism (Bentham, 1876; Mill 1895), universal prescriptivism (Hare, 1981), Kant's theory (1993), emotivism (Stevenson, 1944), intuitionism (Ross, 1930), and virtue ethics.
Both reject rationalist ethics, utilitarianism, and emotivism.
The texts that established emotivism firmly in the discipline are Lionel Robbins, An Essay on the Nature and Significance of Economic Science (London: MacMillan and Company, 1932), and Milton Friedman, "The Methodology of Positive Economics," in Essays in Positive Economics (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1953).
2002) concept of EI to teaching may formalize emotivism, just as MacIntyre (1984) warned us about subjectivity and the lack of criterion.
Unfortunately characterized (by some) as "cognitivism vs emotivism," the division in orientation stems from views that, on the one hand, affective responses predictably inhere to the expectancy fulfillment strategies of any given instantiation of music, and on the other hand, affective responses occur as results of facilitated recognition and association fluencies on the part of listeners.