Terminology Tuesday: Metaethics
The branch of ethics that focuses on the meanings of fundamental ethical concepts, the justification of ethical claims and the metaphysical status of ethical entities. Metaethics is usually contrasted with normative ethics, which deals directly with what is good and right, and applied ethics, which deals with the application of normative principles to such specific fields as medicine and law.
Evans, C. Stephen, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002).
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