Lesson 6: Assignments and Readings

Reading Assignment

Analytic Philosophy: pp. 355-364 Stevenson; pp. 365-380 Anscombe

Suggested Assignment

In his essay on "The Emotive Meaning of Ethical Terms," C. L. Stevenson concludes that moral statements are "social instruments." What are his main criticisms of what he calls the 'interest theory' of moral judgments (i.e. various forms of moral relativism)? What are some implications of Stevenson's claim that moral disagreements cannot be resolved by any rational method?


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