metaethics
The second-order activity of investigating the concepts and methods of ethics, rather than directly engaging with practical (‘first-order’) issues of what to do and how to behave. The distinction is apt to blur, in that different views about the structure of ethics usually have implications for first-order decision making.

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  • metaethics — metaethical, adj. /met euh eth iks, met euh eth /, n. (usually used with a sing. v.) 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.… …   Universalium

  • metaethics — noun plural but usually singular in construction Date: 1938 the study of the meanings of ethical terms, the nature of ethical judgments, and the types of ethical arguments • metaethical adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • metaethics — noun The descriptive study of philosophical ethical systems, especially with regard to their key concepts, techniques of reasoning and analysis, and linguistic conventions …   Wiktionary

  • metaethics — meta·ethics …   English syllables

  • metaethics —  Метаэтика …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • metaethics — met•a•eth•ics [[t]ˌmɛt əˈɛθ ɪks, ˈmɛt əˌɛθ [/t]] n. (usu. with a sing. v.) pho the branch of ethics dealing with the meaning of ethical terms, the nature of moral discourse, and the foundations of morality • Etymology: 1945–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • metaethics — /ˈmɛtəˌɛθɪks/ (say metuh.ethiks) plural noun (construed as singular) a branch of philosophy which is concerned with questions about the nature of ethical judgements, that is, the validity of the underlying criteria on which moral values rest.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • metaethics — “+ noun plural but usually singular in construction Etymology: meta + ethics : a discipline dealing with the foundations of ethics specifically with the nature of normative utterances and ethical justification * * * metaethical, adj. /met euh eth …   Useful english dictionary

  • ethics — /eth iks/, n.pl. 1. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) a system of moral principles: the ethics of a culture. 2. the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics;… …   Universalium

  • Mary Daly — For the Australian writer, see Mary Daly (Australian writer). Mary Daly Daly circa 1970 Full name Mary Daly Born October 16, 1928(1928 10 16) Schenectady, New …   Wikipedia

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