meta-ethics


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meta-ethics

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(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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The silence confirmed my suspicion that professional philosophers who write about ethical theory, meta-ethics, and political philosophy (and each of these professors did
Their topics include reconsidering his christological aversion to theological metaphysics, a pro-Nicene revision of his 1933 christology lectures, soteriology as meta-ethics in his theology, his two-kingdoms thinking in "The Church and the Jewish Question," and Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Jews in context.
In fact, three of the major movements in Twentieth Century Anglophone moral philosophy rejected the traditionally normative character of the field altogether, insisting instead on a meta-ethics which examines the meaning of moral language, while a fourth, virtue ethics, sought and still seeks to appropriate and reinvigorate a neo-Aristotelian concentration on the contextual character of moral action (which seems like exactly what Ryn is seeking).
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.
Although an in-depth discussion of existing ethical decision-making models is not the focus of this article, a brief review of ethical models follows, integrating Cottone and Claus's (2000) review of theory, practice and process with the three inquiry frameworks of meta-ethics, descriptive ethics and prescriptive ethics (as proposed by Miner & Petocz, 2003).
Meta-ethics allows one to separate the ontological from the epistemological easily and to answer very particular questions about each in order to formulate an overarching meta-ethical position.
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.