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Moral philosophy comprises not only ethics as such—namely, systems of rules or beliefs that govern human conduct, or ought to—but also their underlying bases. The latter sphere, metaethics, concerns the philosophical status, internal logic, and ultimate justification of systems of ethical norms, beliefs, and discourse. It wrestles with such issues as whether ethical principles derive from empirical study of the natural world or from rational cognition of an autonomous dom…

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Brown, Robert F., “Metaethics”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M382>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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