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  • adj. Pertaining to or advocating expressivism, the doctrine that the primary function of moral sentences and sensation sentences (like "I am in pain") is to express an evaluative attitude, rather than stating a fact
  • n. An advocate of expressivism


expressive +‎ -ist (Wiktionary)


  • Like today's right, the '60s and' 70s left was emotional, expressivist and anti-intellectual ...

    Reflections of a former neoconservative

  • Several of the characters "quote" in this way, cobbling their self-presentation together out of pop psychology and cod sociology; this is not expressivist language, but language that reveals the speaker's cool factor.

    The Little Professor:

  • This regress might not be vicious if the project is interpreted as an expressivist one, however.

    The Normativity of Meaning and Content

  • But when we negate the attitude ascription constitutive of the simple expressivist analysis (Fred disapproves of murdering) we don't have enough candidate attitudes to capture all three.

    Boys in White Suits

  • Worries of this sort make expressivist theories which are at the same time cognitivist (Copp 2001, Boisvert 2008) more attractive because they can claim many of the attractions of expressivism without the cost of seeming equivocation.

    Boys in White Suits

  • And, he suggests, an expressivist can generate enough structure by complicating the story about what the attitudes in question are attitudes towards.

    Boys in White Suits

  • Gibbard's more recent work (Gibbard 2003) retains many of the main features of his norm-expressivist theory but it revises to some extent the account of the non-cognitive attitudes involved in accepting a normative judgment.

    Boys in White Suits

  • Gibbard suggests we can use an extension of possible worlds semantics to capture normative contents consistent with his norm expressivist analysis.

    Boys in White Suits

  • Perhaps the simplest criticism has to do with “the negation problem” for expressivist theories.

    Boys in White Suits

  • She identifies two older conceptions of action, a consequence-oriented view, on which actions are simply ways of producing effects in a given, natural world, and an expressivist view, on which actions function more or less as evaluative pronouncements.

    Practical Reason and the Structure of Actions


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