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Metaethics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2013 (English)In: International Encyclopedia of Ethics / [ed] Hugh LaFollette, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, 3219-3235 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Moral philosophers often ask whether abortion is morally permissible, whether the suffering of nonhuman animals is on a par morally with human suffering, and whether an action is morally right if and only if it maximizes happiness. Political philosophers often ask whether persons have inviolable rights to their bodies and whether distributive inequality that benefits the worst off is morally acceptable. These are all examples of first-order moral questions. But such questions are not the business of moral and political philosophers only. First-order moral questions pervade everyday thinking and acting: Is it wrong to eat meat? Ought one to donate more to charities? Is there reason to vote in elections?

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Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. 3219-3235 p.
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epistemology, ethics, history of philosophy, logic and language, metaethics, metaphysics, philosophy, philosophy of mind, twentieth century
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Philosophy
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Practical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87828DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee491ISBN: 9781444367072 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-87828DiVA: diva2:606697
Available from: 2013-02-20 Created: 2013-02-20 Last updated: 2015-08-12Bibliographically approved

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