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Date: Thursday 14 November, 2019

Speaker: Professor Simon Blackburn

Start Time: 18.15

Finish Time: 19.45

Location: Drawing Room

Is quasi-realism queasy realism?

 

Prof. Blackburn will be covering: Expressivism as a distinctive theory about ethical practice. Its ancestry in the Scottish sentimentalist tradition. Twentieth century versions, and the Frege-Geach objection. The move from regarding it as a distinctively semantic doctrine to seeing it as a ‘meta-semantic’ approach. Its advantages over ‘error theory’ and its relation to deflationism in semantics.

 

Preliminary reading: none required. Browsing in his Essays in Quasi-Realism or Allan Gibbard’s book Wise Choices; Apt Feelings might lay some ground.