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Hybrid Theories of Moral Statements

  1. Stephen Barker

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee566

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Barker, S. 2013. Hybrid Theories of Moral Statements. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


Hybrid theories are metaethical theories concerning the content of sentences about moral value (see Metaethics). These theories claim that sentences with ethical content express two kinds of mental state. One state is an affect-like state. The other is a belief-like state. The expressed affect-like state will involve a moral attitude of some kind, such as approval, but it is not part of the truth-conditions of the sentence. We can divide hybridists into two kinds.


  • logic and language;
  • metaethics