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noncognitivists

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  • n. Plural form of noncognitivist.

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  • But rather than thinking that this makes moral statements false, noncognitivists claim that moral statements are not in the business of predicating properties or making statements which could be true or false in any substantial sense.

    Boys in White Suits

  • Roughly put, noncognitivists think that moral statements have no truth conditions.

    Boys in White Suits

  • While both its advocates and those who argued strenuously against it would likely find themselves somewhat disoriented if this were correct, it does seem that noncognitivists would be most upset by this result.

    Boys in White Suits

  • (Whether that leaves us as noncognitivists or error theorists remains open.)

    Moral Anti-Realism

  • Cognitivists claim that our ascriptions of value constitute statements that are either true or false; noncognitivists deny this.

    Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Value

  • Absent such a contrast, the noncognitivists have no distinctive thesis.

    Moral Realism

  • Traditional noncognitivism embrace this contrast and so traditional noncognitivists are able to argue intelligibly that moral claims are among those for which truth is genuinely not at issue.

    Moral Realism

  • While this is plausible, noncognitivists can and have replied by distinguishing cognitive disagreement from other sorts of disagreement and argue that moral disagreements are of a sort that does not require cognitivism.

    Moral Realism

  • Of course noncognitivists and error theories disagree in crucial ways about the nature of moral thought, and noncognitivists and error theorists disagree among themselves too about which versions of their preferred accounts are better.

    Moral Realism

  • Since even noncognitivists would presumably be willing to claim that “murdering innocent children for fun is wrong,” they can acknowledge that the claim is true too and it would be a mistake to see that addition as any sort of renunciation of their noncognitivism.

    Moral Realism

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