Prescriptivism

Like emotivism, which it grew naturally out of in the 1950s, a form of speech act theory which analyzes value judgments and especially moral judgments, this time in terms of prescriptions.

When I tell you that lying is wrong I am telling you not to lie, though I am also committing myself not to lie, and to issue the same prescription (or at least issue none that conflicts with it) to anyone else; see also universalizability.

Prescriptivism contrasts with descriptivism, and shares many of the features of, and objections to, emotivism.

Source:
R M Hare, The Language of Morals (1952)

Prescriptivism may refer to:

  • Linguistic prescriptivism, the practice of laying down norms for language usage
  • Universal prescriptivism, a meta-ethical theory of the meaning of moral statements

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