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Impassioned Belief

Michael Ridge


We all form judgments about what ways of life are worthwhile, what we are morally required to do and so on. These so-called ‘normative’ judgments have seemed puzzling in part because they exhibit both belief-like and desire-like features. Traditional cognitivist theories hold that these judgments are beliefs rather than desires; traditional non-cognitivist theories hold that they are desires rather than beliefs. Each of these traditions tries to accommodate or explain away what the other tradition handles so easily. One often gets the sense that the defenders of these increasingly complex theo ... More

Keywords: normative, cognitivist theories, non-cognitivist theories, hybrid theories, Ecumenical Expressivism, semantics, deflationist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682669
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Ridge, author
University of Edinburgh