The Spring 2016 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Vojko Strahovnik, University of Ljubljana. The title of his talk is "Moderate Error Theory And Non-Cogntivism." (Abstract below.)
Friday, Apr 1, 2016, 3-5pm, Maloney Seminar Room, Social Sciences 224 (1145 E South Campus Drive 85721).
A recently proposed distinction between standard and moderate (moral) error theory (Olson) opens the door for a particular kind of moderate moral error theory, a non-cognitivist one. This sort of error theory was first proposed by Axel Hägerström under the influence of Franz Brentano and Alexius Meinong, especially in respect to their theories of psychological acts. In the talk I will first try to pinpoint the exact formulation of moderate error theory. Next, since moderate error theory seems to widen the scope of theories that fall under this description, a related question is whether there are other non-cognitivist or expressivist positions that can be characterized as a moderate error theory. In the talk I will specifically focus on cognitivist expressivism (Horgan & Timmons) and argue that this view is also to be considered as kind of moderate error theory.