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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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So, instead of incoherently attempting to refute a theorist who is only privately indulging an emotivist preference, we should look elsewhere for a fitting way to respond to the phenomenon of pragmatic nihilism.
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Her view, which represents an original development of ideas found in Descartes and Hume, avoids the reductionism of cognitivist and emotivist accounts.
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There is now a large volume of academic and popular literature devoted to the individualist and emotivist turns of modern society and to the latter's discovery and celebration of the "autonomous self.
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