meta-ethics

metaethics

[met-uh-eth-iks, met-uh-eth-]
noun (usually used with a singular verb)
the philosophy of ethics dealing with the meaning of ethical terms, the nature of moral discourse, and the foundations of moral principles.
Also, meta-ethics.


Origin:
1945–50; meta- + ethics

metaethical, adjective
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meta-ethics
 
n
(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
 
meta-'ethical
 
adj

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