Ethical Challenges: Ethics And The Metaethical Frameworks

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Metaethical Frameworks
Metaethics is a question of not what should we do but why should we do it. It breaks the idea down that you decision is based on good and bad. But what is good and bad? Who determines what is good and bad? Is it an idea from inside of a person or group of people? If you determine that what is right for you might be wrong for someone else, who is right? Everyone has their own internal moral code that decides right and wrong. There are several questions that metaethics asks. They include questions such as, what is the meaning of moral terms or even moral judgements, what is the nature of moral judgements and finally, how can someone support or defend a moral judgement? The first question discusses again the meaning of
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The second question deals with whether moral judgements are universal or do the judgements only apply to a particular person or situation. The final question goes back to the original thought in this paper as to how an individual can know whether or not they are doing good or bad or whether their decision is right or wrong. Some would argue that these are three separate questions and are unrelated to each other but there are others who would argue that the answer to one could lead to answers for the others therefore tying them together. Metaethics doesn’t look to evaluate specific choices like other types of ethics but it might help a person decide their own values. By defining what is moral to a person, you can decide what kind of choices you make. If you can decide what is good and bad or right and wrong from experience or from your upbringing, then you can make better choices. The next part of your decision is deciding whether or not you are alone in this decision or whether or not it will affect others. But deciding choices based on your own understanding of good and bad can’t be the only reason for deciding what you do. You must base it on laws and what society has …show more content…
The first question in itself is broken down into two parts. The first part determines what are moral terms or judgements and the second part is how the play a part in most people’s lives and how it affects their lives today. Most people wouldn’t consider themselves to be judgmental, but if we were to look inside of ourselves, we would see that there is some part of our lives in which you portray some kind of judgement based on what you consider to be moral or immoral. For example, many people today consider living together without being married and having a family to be no big deal. It is ok to live together before marriage with the idea that if it doesn’t work out, you can both go your own separate ways with little or nothing to hold you back. Fifty years ago, this behavior would not have been tolerated by pubic society. Today, society has seen” the benefits” of living together and because of this change in perception, they have changed what they perceive as wrong and right when it comes to family living situations. This particular train of thought has extended to younger and older generations therefore showing that this type of moral thinking isn’t just a new idea but that people are more open to expressing their beliefs on this type of subject. This leads into the second question of whether this kind of moral behavior applies to society or just to the

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