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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Both reviews stress the connection between agent-causation and the explanation of action, serving implicitly to tie issues in the philosophy of mind to issues in ethics and meta-ethics, and by implication to the journal's core interest in normative studies.
Eschewing footnotes, Rist goes through the Platonic corpus, showing the stages by which Plato realized that there was need for a metaphysics of morals, what the content of Plato's meta-ethics was, and whether it adequately addressed the difficulties it was intended to resolve.
On the whole, the vast majority of the articles in both volumes deserve careful studying by researchers working in meta-ethics and more generally interested in the nature of normativity.
of Cardiff, Wales) presents a textbook for undergraduate students in their second or third year that introduces ethics from the perspectives of the history of ethics, value theory and the good life, normative ethics, applied ethics, meta-ethics, and free will and responsibility.
This is a topic of fierce disagreement and significant controversy in meta-ethics and the philosophy of law.
For instance, he treats the entire field of meta-ethics as a mistake.
This next higher level for ethics is often called meta-ethics in philosophy (Marturano, 2002; Sayre-McCord, 2007).
This discussion is motivated by both my sympathy with Aristotle's meta-ethics and my problems with certain elements of his ethics.
And despite his protestations to the contrary, Morito's meta-ethics is largely theoretical, rooted in the abstruse discourses of metaphysics, epistemology, and axiology, rather than the cacophony of everyday social communication.
Meta-ethics is concerned primarily with the meaning of ethical judgments and or prescriptions and with the notion of which properties, if any, are responsible for the truth or validity thereof.
More recently, as deconstructionism has undercut the very referentiality of language and the possibility of any sure foundation on which to proceed to certainties, philosophic ethics has largely abandoned the search for a rationalistic meta-ethics and limited itself, often quite impressively, to ethical issues pursued within given systems.
Toward this end, they describe the elements of a meta-ethics approach for social work.