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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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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 claims.
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.
"Metaethical Contextualism Defended." Ethics 121, no.
Competing metaethical accounts importantly direct our explanatory focus in different directions.
The Origin of Oughtness: A Case for Metaethical Conativism
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.
Different metaethical views will give different truth-conditions for that.