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metaethics

or meta-ethics

[met-uh-eth-iks, met-uh-eth-] /ˌmɛt əˈɛθ ɪks, ˈmɛt əˌɛθ-/
noun, (usually used with a singular verb)
1.
the philosophy of ethics dealing with the meaning of ethical terms, the nature of moral discourse, and the foundations of moral principles.
Origin of metaethics
1945-1950
1945-50; meta- + ethics
Related forms
metaethical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for meta-ethics

meta-ethics

noun
1.
(functioning as sing) 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
Derived Forms
meta-ethical, adjective
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