Fixing English: Prescriptivism
and Language History.
Rejecting common-sense prescriptivism
need not mean giving up on any form of natural linguistic prescription.
Henry Hitchings (2011), the author of a recent book on language wars, described prescriptivism
as in part a history of bogus rules, superstitions, half-baked logic, groaningly unhelpful lists, baffling abstract statements, false clarifications, contemptuous insiderism and educational malfeasance.
Lowth and Priestley represent the two opposing traditions of prescriptivism
and descriptivism, respectively, within the practices of eighteenth-century grammarians.
For their analyses of these limitations, Hodson and Elfenbein's books put to rest the idea that prescriptivism
offers valid, standard judgments on written and oral English.
27) Hillel Steiner, "Moral Conflict and Prescriptivism
," Mind 82 (1973), p.
The different versions of the universality thesis form the core element in Confucianism (Hansen, 1991), Judeo-Christian ethics (Outga, 1972), Kant's theory (1993), Mackie's theory (1981), Rawls' theory of justice (Rawls, 1971; Kukathas & Pettit, 1990), and universal prescriptivism
(Hare, 1981), for example.
Indeed, this fear of prescriptivism
came to inform an active rejection of eco-feminist and vegetarian feminist theory.
Tired of the prescriptivism
of the read/write/speak/listen English curriculum doctrine, our most able pupils crave a stimulus that questions as much as it answers, opens debate, broadens horizons.
To a somewhat lesser extent he examines issue of metaethics, including intuitionism, emotivism, and prescriptivism
Jan Narveson (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Waterloo, Ontario) presents This Is Ethical Theory, a straightforward analysis of ethics and moral theory that covers perspectives including utilitarianism, natural law, egoism, virtue ethics, moral relativism, intuitionism, emotivism, prescriptivism
, and more.
But in the early 20th century, when Fowler was writing the extraordinary book, the trend was away from prescriptivism
and toward a descriptive, academic linguistics that, like Burchfield himself, observed rather than decreed.