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[i]t is impossible not to admire Schroeder's book. It is, given its level of rigorous argument and technical detail, unsurpassed in the meta-ethical literature. (John Eriksson, The Philosophical Quarterly (Oct 2010))

An extremely impressive book equally remarkable for the power of its arguments, for its clarity and precision, and for its striking inventiveness and methodological rigour. Above all, there is one striking respect in which it rises head and shoulders above all recent contributions to these debates... [Schroeder] has articulated his version of expressivism in more precise detail than any of the avowed proponents of expressivism have ever done; and he never presents an objection to expressivism without deploying all of his formidable ingenuity to search for an expressivist response to the objection. In this way, he has taken the debate over the merits and demerits of expressivism to a new level of philosophical rigour and sophistication... In short, this is an absolutely terrific book. No one who wants to think carefully about the semantic program of expressivism can afford to give it anything less than their most serious attention. (Ralph Wedgwood, Analysis Reviews)

required reading for anyone with an interest in metaethics (Robert Mabrito, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

Expressivism has attracted a lot of attention recently and has several new and subtle defenders. This book is the first sustained and systematic critique of this popular position. It is extremely well done: clear, careful, and thorough. (Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Dartmouth College)

Schroeder's Being For is the most sophisticated investigation to date of the prospects for expressivist semantics. The book sets out and argues for a set of constraints on expressivist handling of the infamous "embedding problem", shows what a solution would look like, and explains the substantive commitments that such a solution must take on board. It is a philosophically serious and technically rigorous argument, and it establishes a kind of plateau from which future work on the subject will have to proceed. (Jamie Dreier, Brown University)

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Mark Schroeder is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California, and author of Slaves of the Passions (OUP). His research ranges broadly across issues closely related to practical reason and metaethics, including on questions about reasons, rationality, normativity, reduction, moral explanations, metaethical expressivism, and the history of ethics. His articles have been published in Ethics, Noûs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Perspectives, Philosophers' Imprint, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Metaethics, and other journals.

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Great for philosophers of language and meta-ethicists 5 Dec. 2014
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Well-written, thoughtful, and clear engagement with expressivism (the view that evaluative expressions do not make assertions but rather express states of minds). Schroeder ultimately dismiss expressivism because of its theoretical commitments and inconveniences, but along the way he provides new resources for expressivists and advances the conversation in interesting and compelling ways. A good read, but involves some technical components, so not for the beginner.
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