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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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The title reflects a focus on metaethical issues in Rand's own thought, and (potentially) in engagement with contemporary metaethics.
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
the systematic endeavor to understand moral concepts and justify moral principles and theories (30) and is part of what philosophers call metaethics.
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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.
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.
12) If this route is supportable--and I am not about to explore it now--then I think there is a real possibility that the sort of work Murphy and Hampton set out to do in their great book may simultaneously constitute moral philosophy and metaethics for the relevant topics.
Some leading works in metaethics pay little, if any, attention to the social sciences.