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Sorting Out Ethics

R. M. Hare


This book is divided into three parts: in Part I, R. M. Hare offers a justification for the use of philosophy of language in the treatment of moral questions, together with an overview of his moral philosophy of ‘universal prescriptivism’. The second part, and the core of the book, consists of five chapters originally presented as a lecture series under the title ‘A Taxonomy of Ethical Theories’. Hare identifies descriptivism and non‐descriptivism as the two main positions in modern moral philosophy. The former he divides into Naturalism and Intuitionism, and the latter into Emotivism and Rati ... More

Keywords: descriptivism, emotivism, ethics, Richard Hare, Intuitionism, Kant, moral philosophy, Naturalism, philosophy of language, Relativism, Universal prescriptivism, universalizability, utilitarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198250326
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198250320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. M. Hare, author
University of Oxford, and Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, Gainesville

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