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

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

  • 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… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • 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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