Indeed, Evans and Shah suggest that this is a core commitment of most kinds of metaethical
theory (here I partly repeat a passage quoted earlier):
They pause when confronted with the implications of their metaethical
Intuitionism, roughly, is the metaethical
claim that certain things are intuited ('apprehended' is the favorite locution of intuitionists) to be good or right.
DAVID HODGE, "Jesus the Virtue Ethicist: A Metaethical
Anticipation of Moral Sentimentalism, Empathy and Care." Adviser: Michael Slote.
Joyce spells out problems for any attempt to establish metaethical
results about the status of morality or the truth of internalism through experimental results.
The distinction between the responses to the metaethical
and normative questions requires some elaboration.
Contextualism Defended." Ethics 121, no.
accounts importantly direct our explanatory focus in different directions.
The Origin of Oughtness: A Case for Metaethical
Ayn Rand's metaethical
view mainly revolves around the idea that, "the ultimate goal is the individual's own survival; the only way to survive long-term, i.e., over a complete life-span, is to live by the standard of man's life as a rational being, which means: to live morally; and happiness is the psychological result [...] of living thus." (Badhwar & Long, 2016).
Any ethical or political theory that does not provide a proper metaethical
grounding for respect for persons in the telos of the one doing the respecting, fundamentally lacks normativity.
views will give different truth-conditions for that.