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metaethics

[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.
Also, meta-ethics.
Origin of metaethics
1945-1950
1945-50; meta- + ethics
Related forms
metaethical, adjective
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  • Surely that is the whole point of turning to justification, of doing metaethics.
  • His main work is in metaethics and practical reason.

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