Speech and Morality: On the Metaethical Implications of Speaking

2016.05.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Terence Cuneo, Speech and Morality: On the Metaethical Implications of Speaking, Oxford University Press, 2014, 259pp., $55.00
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2016.05.26 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Terence Cuneo, Speech and Morality: On the Metaethical Implications of Speaking, Oxford University Press, 2014, 259pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198712725. Reviewed by James Edwin Mahon, Lehman College, CUNY There are many works of metaethics that are devoted to the analysis of specifically moral discourse. Indeed, the early non-cognitivists wrote books with titles such as Language, Truth and Logic, Ethics and Language, and The Language of Morals. Terence Cuneo's latest book differs from theirs in two respects. First, Cuneo is a cognitivist and moral realist. Moral thought and discourse purport to represent moral facts, and they succeed. Second, his concern is with speech in general. To be more precise, his concern is with speech acts in general, such as making assertions, making promises, asking questions, and issuing commands. Speech acts are to be differentiated from mere "communicative acts," which can be. . .

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