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The Nature of Ethical Language (For Religious Studies)

3 kinds of language used in ethics:

Descriptive ethics describe the way we live and the moral choices we
make. Descriptivists simply present two facts, e.g.: `Seventytwo square
miles of desert appear on earth every day'. The actual information may be

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Descriptive ethics ­ sometimes facts can be mistaken for values. You
need to ask yourself what is the difference between a fact and a value?
Prescriptive ethics ­ by arguing passionately that things `ought' to be
different it is easy to fall into the trap of preaching. This can be…


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