Some problems for Gibbard's norm-expressivism

Journal Article (Letter;Journal)

I conclude that Gibbard fails to solve several of the traditional problems for expressivism. He solves some of these problems, but his solutions to them in effect give up expressivism. Of course, one might respond that it does not really matter whether his theory is expressivist. In some ways, I agree. Gibbard says many fascinating things about morality which have at most indirect connections to his expressivist analysis. I am thinking especially of his later discussions of hyperscepticism (180), parochialism (203 ff.), and indirect pragmatism (224). These views could still be developed even if he gave up expressivism. All I have tried to show here is that he does need to give up expressivism unless he can solve the problems that I have raised. © 1993 Kluwer Academic Publishers.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sinnott-Armstrong, W

Published Date

  • March 1, 1993

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 69 / 2-3

Start / End Page

  • 297 - 313

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-0883

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-8116

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF00990091

Citation Source

  • Scopus