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  1. Does Shafer-Landau have a problem with supervenience?Robert Mabrito - 2005 - Philosophical Studies 126 (2):297 - 311.
    This article focuses on one well-known argument in favor of expressivism and against realism that Shafer-Landau considers, namely Blackburn's supervenience argument. Shafer-Landau believes that he can successfully defend moral realism against Blackburn's argument. I have my doubts about whether this is so.
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  2. Are expressivists guilty of wishful thinking?Robert Mabrito - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 165 (3):1069-1081.
    Some contemporary philosophers have argued that expressivism or non-cognitivism, if suitably developed, can solve the well-known Frege–Geach problem. Of course, whether this is true is a matter of debate. Recently, Cian Dorr has advanced an argument that, if successful, would show that this debate is unimportant. For, according to Dorr, a solution to the Frege–Geach problem will not save expressivism from a new and distinct problem, namely that an expressivist theory—even assuming a solution to the Frege–Geach problem—entails that intuitively rational (...)
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    On Some Recent Attempts to Resolve the Debate between Internalists and Externalists.Robert Mabrito - 2013 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 51 (2):179-205.
    An important debate in moral philosophy concerns the thesis of internalism, of which the characteristic idea is that there is a conceptual link between moral judgment and motivation. According to the internalist, to judge that something is right is to be motivated to do it (at least under certain conditions). Externalists are those who deny the truth of internalism. There are two ways that either party to this debate may argue for their preferred position. The indirect approach requires defending an (...)
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    Welfare and Paradox.Robert Mabrito - 2013 - Journal of Philosophical Research 38:299-322.
    The basic idea of a desire theory of welfare is that how good a life is for the person who lives it is a matter of how many of that person’s desires are satisfied. The more satisfied desires the better the life. That it is possible for a person to desire that his or her life go badly is thought to pose problems for such a view. Indeed, some have recently argued that the possibility of such desires entails that a (...)
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    Does Contrary-Forming Predicate Negation Solve the Frege-Geach Problem?Robert Mabrito - 2018 - Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 13 (1).
    Solving expressivism’s Frege-Geach problem requires specifying the attitudes expressed by arbitrarily complex moral sentences. Nicholas Unwin emphasizes the problems that arise in doing so for even the relatively simple case of negated atomic sentences. Terry Horgan and Mark Timmons believe that contrary-forming predicate negation offers a solution to this negation problem. I argue that their solution is incomplete.
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  6. Moral Fictionalism.Robert Mabrito - 2013 - In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. pp. 1972-1981.
     
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  7. Studies in Disagreement and Inconsistency.Robert Mabrito - 2001 - Dissertation, University of Michigan
    This dissertation explores three areas of philosophical interest: expressivist or non-cognitivist construals of normative discourse, normative construals of semantic discourse, and the plausibility of semantic non-factualism or irrealism. These three areas are not as unrelated as they may at first glance appear to be. In particular the work presented here demonstrates that the notions of disagreement and inconsistency play a crucial role in all three areas. ;Regarding the first area, it is argued that reflection on the nature of disagreement and (...)
     
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    Review of Mark Schroeder, Being For: Evaluating the Semantic Program of Expressivism[REVIEW]Robert Mabrito - 2009 - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (8).
    Schroeder argues that proponents of expressivism “have far more work to do before it can earn its place as the sort of hypothesis on which rational investigators can place any significant credence” (p. 179). Expressivists certainly have more work to do, but I hope my comments demonstrate that their situation might not be as bad as Schroeder believes. There is more reason than Schroeder allows for thinking it is possible to develop a plausible alternative to his version of expressivism that (...)
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