Meeting constitutivists halfway

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Constitutivism is best understood as a strategy for meeting a set of related metanormative challenges, rather than a fully comprehensive metanormative theory in its own right, or so many have plausibly argued. Whether this strategy succeeds may depend, in part, on which broader metanormative theory it is combined with. In this paper I argue that combining constitutivism with expressivism somewhat surprisingly provides constitutivists with their best chances for success, and that this combination of views has some surprising benefits for both parties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2951-2968
JournalPhilosophical Studies
Issue number12
Early online date14 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2018


  • constitutivism
  • expressivism
  • internalism
  • meta-ethics
  • metaethics

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