Non-Cognitivism and Validity

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Non-Cognitivism and Validity. / Alm, David.

I: Theoria, Vol. 73, Nr. 2, 2007, s. 121-147.

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Alm, David. / Non-Cognitivism and Validity. I: Theoria. 2007 ; Vol. 73, Nr. 2. s. 121-147.

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TY - JOUR

T1 - Non-Cognitivism and Validity

AU - Alm, David

PY - 2007

Y1 - 2007

N2 - In this paper I defend against a certain objection the view that it is possible to account for validity and kindred notions for moral language within a non-cognitivist framework by appeal to the descriptive meaning of moral terms. The objection is that such an account leads to an asymmetry in the accounts it offers for synonymy in different contexts; in certain contexts it holds that sameness of meaning for a moral term depends on its evaluative meaning, in other contexts that it depends on the term's descriptive meaning. In the third part of the paper I try to show why non-cognitivists should be prepared to live with that asymmetry. In the process I also deal with two other objections.

AB - In this paper I defend against a certain objection the view that it is possible to account for validity and kindred notions for moral language within a non-cognitivist framework by appeal to the descriptive meaning of moral terms. The objection is that such an account leads to an asymmetry in the accounts it offers for synonymy in different contexts; in certain contexts it holds that sameness of meaning for a moral term depends on its evaluative meaning, in other contexts that it depends on the term's descriptive meaning. In the third part of the paper I try to show why non-cognitivists should be prepared to live with that asymmetry. In the process I also deal with two other objections.

KW - validity

KW - descriptive meaning

KW - Non-cognitivism

KW - inference

KW - attitudes

M3 - Article

VL - 73

SP - 121

EP - 147

JO - Theoria

JF - Theoria

SN - 0040-5825

IS - 2

ER -