The Meaning of 'Ought': Beyond Descriptivism and Expressivism in Metaethics

2016.04.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew Chrisman, The Meaning of 'Ought': Beyond Descriptivism and Expressivism in Metaethics, Oxford University Press, 2016,
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2016.04.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Matthew Chrisman, The Meaning of 'Ought': Beyond Descriptivism and Expressivism in Metaethics, Oxford University Press, 2016, 260pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199363001. Reviewed by David Killoren, Northwestern University Matthew Chrisman has developed an innovative, sophisticated, and plausible set of views about the meaning of 'ought.' This book is a major contribution in metaethics. It ought to be widely read and carefully studied. The book is dense and detailed, but not excessively long. There is a fair bit of symbolic formalization, but each formalized rule is accompanied by an informal gloss, which ensures that the book will be useful even for those who think and talk in plain English. In this review, I'll stick to plain English. Disclaimer: My discussion of Chrisman's work will be less rigorous than the work itself. Occasionally Chrisman humbly states that he can only offer a first approximation of the. . .

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