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NOTES on A.J. Ayer (1910-1989): Advocate of Emotivism, and Brand Blanshard (1892-1987): Critic of Emotivism

A.J. Ayer (1910-1989): Advocate of Emotivism Although A.J. Ayer may appear to be difficult reading because of the philosophical vocabulary he uses, his theory called Ethical Emotivism is actually easy to understand. According to Ethical Emotivism, moral judgments are noncognitive, … Continue reading

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NOTES on Brand Blanshard (1892-1987): A Determinist

Brand Blanshard is a determinist. Of the two kinds of determinists, he is a soft determinist. According to the determinists, everything is caused, with no exceptions. Hard determinists will not allow us to speak of free will; however, soft determinists … Continue reading

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