meta-ethics

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meta-ethics

n
(Philosophy) (functioning as singular) the philosophical study of questions about the nature of ethical judgment as distinct from questions of normative ethics, for example, whether ethical judgments state facts or express attitudes, whether there are objective standards of morality, and how moral judgments can be justified
ˌmeta-ˈethical adj
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For in a highly focused, highly competitive field of analytic ethics, there has been a general drift toward the intuitionist position, which recent history has borne out.
With a nod to two often-divergent approaches in contemporary analytic ethics, Mendola structures his ambitious project around meeting two tests: provide a "direct argument" that gives a "transcendental vindication" of his moral claims and show how such a position is consonant with our "commonsense intuitions" about certain concrete cases.
95--What would a theory of practical reason that defended positions taken to be definitive or consonant with the natural law tradition, and that also aimed to be a serious contender within contemporary analytic ethics, look like?