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What is emotivism?

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Emotivism is a philosophical theory that analyses moral statements and what we mean when we utter statements in moral language.

It is often portrayed as the Boo Hara theory, as it analyses 'Killing is wrong' as meaning 'Boo to killing!' or 'I don't like killing'.

The consequence of this is that ethical statements do not assert propositions (e.g. factual claims or beliefs) and are therefore neither true or false but are rather the exhortation of subjective preferences.

This means that it is a so-called non-cognitivist meta-ethical view.

The view has many flaws and is not seriously held in its raw form by many people these days.

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