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What is Global Expressivism?

Simpson, M; (2020) What is Global Expressivism? The Philosophical Quarterly , 70 (278) pp. 140-161. 10.1093/pq/pqz033. Green open access

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Abstract

Global expressivism is the radical view that we should never think of any of our language and thought as representing the world. While interesting, global expressivism has not yet been clearly formulated, and its defenders often use unexplained terms of art to characterise their view. I fix this problem by carefully and clearly exploring the different ways in which we can interpret globalism. I reject almost all of them either because they are implausible or because they are bad interpretations of actual globalist views. I then argue that the most promising version of globalism, which we can find in the work of Huw Price, turns out to be completely compatible with the view of so-called ‘local’ expressivists. The debate between globalists and localists is therefore empty: the real interest in this topic lies not in this debate but in whether globalism is true and if so what follows from it.

Type: Article
Title: What is Global Expressivism?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/pq/pqz033
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/pq/pqz033
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Global expressivism, Expressivism, Deflationism, Pragmatism, Representation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072566
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