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metaethics

 [met″ah-eth´iks]
analysis of the language, concepts, and methods of reasoning in ethics. It studies the meanings of such ethical terms as right, obligation, virtue, principle, justification, sympathy, morality, and responsibility. It also includes study of moral epistemology (the theory of moral knowledge) and the logic and patterns of moral reasoning and justification. Questions for analysis include whether social morality is objective or subjective, relative or nonrelative, and rational or emotive. adj., adj metaeth´ical.
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5) Menger's position on metaethics actually swings between objectivism and subjectivism.
The synopsis and synthesis of daily moral judgments into an ethical theory is the area of normative ethics and metaethics.
dispute (or many others) in the metaethics of normative predicates one
Estos informes vienen a confirmar lo que Mary Daly propone en su libro Gyn/Ecology; The MetaEthics of Radical Feminism (1978) con respecto al patriarcado, sus ceremoniales, la obsesion con el orden y la limpieza y el rol de las mujeres.
As Plato, and much later Leibniz, have shown, theist metaethics is from the very beginning confronted with the objection that it makes God's intervention appear as either superfluous (in case moral values preexisted the divine commandments) or capricious (in case these values had been created by God through an arbitrary fiat).
In the world of metaethics, Railton's reductionistic naturalism is no doubt a highly cogent and reasonable form of naturalism, and perhaps one of the best currently available.
Beyond God the Father was quickly joined by a number of nonacademic publications on feminist spirituality, ecofeminism, and the Goddess, such as Merlin Stone's When God Was a Woman, Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution, Susan Griffin's Woman and Nature: The Roaring inside Her, and Daly's Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism.
It is a cousin of, though not to be confused with, what is called "particularism" in metaethics.
Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2008, 327 pp.
The Kantian conception solves certain intractable problems in decision theory by integrating it into classical predicate logic, and provides answers to longstanding controversies in metaethics concering moral motivation, rational final ends, and moral justification that the Humean conception engenders.
by Mary Daly in her book Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism (Boston: Beacon Press, 1978).