Meta-Ethics

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Meta- Ethics
The analysis of ethical language
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Normative ethics
A term used to describe different moral codes of behaviour; rules by which we make moral decisions
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Ethical naturalism/ethical cognitivism
A theory that moral values can be derived from sense experience
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Ethical non-naturalism/non-cognitivism
A theory that ethical statements cannot be derived from sense experience
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Naturalistic fallacy
The claim that good cannot be defined
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Intuitionism
A theory that moral truths are known by intuition
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Logical positivism
The view that only those things that can be tested are meaningful
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Analytic statement
Statements which are true by definition
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Synthetic statement
Statements that can be true or false and can be tested using experience or sense
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Emotivism
A theory which says that moral statements are just expressions of feelings
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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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A term used to describe different moral codes of behaviour; rules by which we make moral decisions

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Normative ethics

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A theory that moral values can be derived from sense experience

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A theory that ethical statements cannot be derived from sense experience

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The claim that good cannot be defined

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