What is emotivism according to Charles Stevenson in his "Emotive meaning of Ethical terms?"

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Emotivism is a philosophical term postulating the meaning of ethical sentences; the primary assertion is that ethical sentences express emotional attitudes.  Charles Stevenson theorized in “Emotive meaning of Ethical terms” that ethical sentences should be viewed not just in the context of the meaning of the statement but also by what was trying to be achieved by making the statement. According to Charles Stevenson, one made an ethical statement both to convey facts as well as to convince the other person of those facts. So in essence an ethical statement not only conveys ones feelings on an issues but aims to change the listeners feelings as well.