Does Blackburn's Expressivism Have a Problem with Respect to Supervenience? A Reply to Wright and Zangwill

Metaphysica 10 (1):89-95 (2008)
This paper is concerned with the expressivist account of moral supervenience that Simon Blackburn has offered. First, the account is presented, and an objection to it is thereafter discussed. In short, the objection is that the supervenience constraint in moral discourse is mysterious, given that no similar constraint governs speech and thought in other areas of discourse that seem to be prime candidates for an expressivist analysis. The conclusion of the paper is that this objection can be fended off.
Keywords Metaethics  Expressivism  Supervenience  Extrinsic properties
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DOI 10.1007/s12133-008-0041-z
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