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Hybrid Accounts of Ethical Thought and Talk

ByTeemu Toppinen

Some parts of language and thought plausibly mix the doxastic with the attitudinal. An effective example of this is provided by racial or ethnic slurs, such as ‘roundhead’, ‘China Swede’, or ‘dumb Finn’—derisive terms used for the (allegedly) clannish, heavy-drinking, knife-fighting, radicalism-tending, trouble-breeding Finnish immigrants in Minnesota and Michigan (or thereabouts) in the early 1900s. Let us consider the following sentence:

S1The strike was organized by roundheads.