Two nondescriptivist views of normative and evaluative statements

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 48 (3-4):405-424 (2018)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
The dominant route to nondescriptivist views of normative and evaluative language is through the expressivist idea that normative terms have distinctive expressive roles in conveying our attitudes. This paper explores an alternative route based on two ideas. First, a core normative term ‘ought’ is a modal operator; and second, modal operators play a distinctive nonrepresentational role in generating meanings for the statements in which they figure. I argue that this provides for an attractive alternative to expressivist forms of nondescriptivism about normative language. In the final section of the paper, I explore ways it might be extended to evaluative language.
ISBN(s)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
CHRTNV
Upload history
Archival date: 2018-11-02
View other versions
Added to PP index
2018-02-18

Total views
132 ( #37,213 of 2,439,087 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
12 ( #43,797 of 2,439,087 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.