Analytic Philosophy

Analytic Ethics

What was the emotivist theory of ethics?

According to the logical positivists, statements had meaning only if it could be said what would verify or falsify them, in terms of descriptions of sensory experience. Because both moral and aesthetic statements could not meet this test, they were considered not to have empirical meaning but to be expressive of how the person uttering them felt. So, to say, “This is right,” would be equal to saying, “I like this.”


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