Expressivist view of normative statements
2012-01-30 (Monday) § 5 Comments
Do you feel like this is a coherent statement? “Personally I don’t approve of wealth redistribution, but I know it’s the right thing to do.”
I’m asking because I want to get a sample of people’s intuitions about whether normative statements (statements involving words like “ought”, “should”, “right”, “wrong”, “good”) are correctly explained as expressions of approving/disapproving attitudes, rather than statements of any kind of objective fact. If the statement above strikes you as coherent, then normative statements for you don’t even contain expressions of attitudes, let alone nothing but those expressions.