Ethical Emotivism

  • Authors
  • Stephen Satris

Part of the Martinus Nijhoff Philosophy Library book series (MNPL, volume 25)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Stephen Satris
    Pages 26-50
  3. Stephen Satris
    Pages 51-72
  4. Stephen Satris
    Pages 73-94
  5. Stephen Satris
    Pages 95-124
  6. Stephen Satris
    Pages 125-143
  7. Stephen Satris
    Pages 144-165
  8. Stephen Satris
    Pages 166-183
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 184-203

About this book


The primary contributions of this work are in three overlapping categories: (i) the history of ideas (and in particular the history of the idea of value) and moral philosophy in both continental and Anglo-American traditions, (ii) the identification and interpretation of ethical emotivism as one of the major twentieth-century ethical theories, and (iii) the evolution of a philosophically viable form of ethical emotivism as an alternative to utilitarianism and Kantianism. In addition, along the way, many particular points are touched upon, e. g. , the relation of Hume to Stevenson and emotivism, the facti value distinction, and human emotional and social nature. The work begins by challenging the received account of the development of twentieth-century moral philosophy, i. e. , the account that occurs in all the recognized historical books (such as G. c. Kerner, The Revolution in Ethical Theory, Oxford, 1966; G. 1. Warnock, Contemporary Moral Philosophy, London, 1967; W. D. Hudson, Modern Moral Philosophy, London, 1967; Mary Warnock, Ethics Since 1900, 3rd ed. , Oxford, 1978; and W. D. Hudson, A Century of Moral Philosophy, New York, 1980). This received account is not only the property of scholars of the history of recent moral philosophy but is also generally assumed by philosophers themselves, and is repeated quite uncritically in the literature at large.


Emotivism cognition issue morality naturalism

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8067-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3507-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0168-5090
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