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Explain what scholars mean when they say ethical statements are no more than expressions of opinions. Some scholars say that ethical statements are no more that expressions of opinions, others however would disagree. I will now explore these ideas further. Emotivism is a theory which says that moral statements are just expressions of feelings and has no ethical knowledge. Emotivism does not tell you how to live your life, but helps you to understand and influences moral statements. When we talk about good and 'bad' right and wrong we are simply just expressing an opinion emotional state of approval and disapproval. Emotivism came about from the theory of logical positivism. ...read more.


giving to charity, this idea simply sums up the idea of emotivism. A.J Ayer was a philosopher of mind and logic, he said that meaningful statements have to be verified, whether this be synthetically or analytically, these are Ayers two types of thinking. Synthetic statements determine the truth or falsity of the statement and it is determined by checking the facts, either way. An example of this is the battle of Hastings took place in 1066, we know this is a proven fact as there are records and can be traced back. Analytical statements is the truth or falsity of the statement and it can be determined simply by understanding An example of this is all people are born of a woman, this is fact we do not need to trace back to be proven correct. ...read more.


He also said that moral statements are not expressions of emotion but were based on deep beliefs. He believed that moral statements are the result of subjective opinion. Ethical statements have no truth and are not variable, there are no facts which back up if ethical statements are true or false, so they are meaningless. Moral propositions are still propositions but they are only true or false in relation to the person speaking The emotive theory would appear to be proposing that moral judgements lie between pure descriptions and pure exclamations. It is a known fact that scholars base there knowledge and reasoning on pure facts that can be traced an d proved rather than belief on unproven facts, therefore I think that scholars would disagree with the emotivism idea, as it cannot be proven. ?? ?? ?? ?? Elanor Kerr ...read more.

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