META-ETHICS

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  • Created on: 26-03-15 08:58

Answering the OCR checklist

  • the use of ethical language- how different scholars have understood terms such as 'good', 'bad', 'right', and 'wrong', e.g. Michael Sloat said 'good' and 'bad' should rather be 'admirable' and 'deplorable'
  • basic understanding of how meta-ethics differs from normative ethics- normative ethics decide which things are good and bad and gives us a guide to moral behaviour, e.g. Natural Law, Utilitarianism and Kantian, whereas meta-ethics is about normative ethics and tries to make sense of the terms and concepts used
  • basic knowledge of emotivism, intuitionism and prescriptivism-
  • emotivism- a theory which says that moral statements are just expressions of feelings
  • intuitionism- a theory that moral truths are known by intuition
  • prescriptivism- a theory that ethical statements have an intrinsic sense so other people should agree with the statement and follow it 
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