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The Language of Morals

R. M. Hare


This book about ethics is, according to the author, an exercise in the logical study of the language of morals. In it, Hare presents his own brand of non‐cognitivism, generally referred to as ‘prescriptivism’. According to prescriptivism, value‐words have both descriptive and prescriptive meaning. The function of the former is to convey information about the objects the words are applied to, and the function of the latter is to commend a certain kind of object in its class. Hare begins his argument with a general discussion of the logic of imperatives (Part I) and then turns to an analysis of ... More

Keywords: ethics, Richard Hare, imperatives, moral judgement, moral language, moral philosophy, moral terms, non‐cognitivism, prescriptivism, value‐judgement, value‐words

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1963 Print ISBN-13: 9780198810773
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198810776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. M. Hare, author
University of Oxford