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Meta-Ethics and Moral Error Theory

By Jack Walker - Philosophy Student @ Churchill College, Cambridge


Metaethics is the branch of philosophy which asks higher order questions about ethical phenomena. For example, someone working in metaethics would not be concerned with questions like ‘is x action good or bad?’ so much as questions like ‘what is it that makes something good’ or ‘what are we doing when we use moral language?’. Metaethics is a broad field and there are many ways of carving up the space, but I will focus on just two here.