prescriptivism
prescriptivism pre*scrip"tiv*ism, n. The doctrine that acceptable grammatical rules should be prescribed by authority, rather than be determined by common usage. [PJC]

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  • Prescriptivism — may refer to:* Linguistic prescription, the prescribing of rules for language * Universal prescriptivism, a meta ethical theory of the meaning of moral statements …   Wikipedia

  • prescriptivism — pre·scrip·tiv·ism (prĭ skrĭpʹtə vĭz əm) n. The support or promotion of prescriptive grammar.   pre·scripʹtiv·ist adj. & n. * * * In metaethics, the view that moral judgments are prescriptions and therefore have the logical form of imperatives.… …   Universalium

  • Prescriptivism — meta ethical theory about the semantical content of moral statements, introduced by the philosopher R. M. Hare in his book The Language of Morals. It holds that moral statements functions similarly to imperatives. For example, according to… …   Mini philosophy glossary

  • prescriptivism — prescriptive ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to the imposition of a rule or method. 2) (of a right, title, etc.) legally established by long usage. DERIVATIVES prescriptivism noun prescriptivist noun & adjective. ORIGIN Latin praescriptivus relating to a …   English terms dictionary

  • prescriptivism — noun /pɹəˈskɹɪp.tɪv.ɪzm̩,pɹəˈskɹɪp.tɪ.vɪzm̩/ prescribing idealistic norms, as opposed to describing realistic forms, of linguistic usage. Ant: descriptivism See Also: prescribe, prescriptive, prescriptivist …   Wiktionary

  • prescriptivism — The approach to moral theory especially associated with Hare, that assimilates moral commitment to the giving or accepting of a command. Difference of moral opinion is then modelled upon the giving of conflicting commands, and inconsistency in… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • prescriptivism — belief that moral edicts are merely orders with no truth value Philosophical Isms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • prescriptivism — /prəˈskrɪptɪvɪzəm/ (say pruh skriptivizuhm) noun 1. Linguistics the theoretical stance in favour of prescriptive grammar. 2. Ethics the philosophical idea that moral judgements have no inherent truth but are expressions of the beliefs of the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • prescriptivism — noun 1. (ethics) a doctrine holding that moral statements prescribe appropriate attitudes and behavior • Topics: ↑ethics, ↑moral philosophy • Hypernyms: ↑doctrine, ↑philosophy, ↑philosophical system, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Prescriptivism (philosophy) — meta ethical theory about the semantical content of moral statements, introduced by the philosopher R. M. Hare in his book The Language of Morals. It holds that moral statements functions similarly to imperatives. For example, according to… …   Mini philosophy glossary

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