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How can I identify meta-ethical and normative- ethical questions

How can I identify meta-ethical and normative- ethical questions

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SalmonApplecream

Meta-ethical questions are generally descriptive in nature. They seek to ask questions about how we ought to describe the reality of moral language. E.g. Can moral statements be true or false, or are they expressions of preferences? Normative ethical questions are generally normative in nature. They seek to ask questions about how we ought to act, or what we should value. E.g. Should I kill one person to save five? What is the good?


AvocadoDemon

thanks alot! So I'm reading David Hume's philosophy, is it correct to say that his argument that ethics come from sentiment, not reason, is meta-ethical, and his saying that a good deed is a beneficial one, normative? Or is it meta-ethical too?


SalmonApplecream

Yes that’s right. Sentimentalism is a meta-ethical claim and the latter is normative