Approaches to the Study of Morality


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What is normative ethics?

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1. Which of these is not a question that would be asked in descriptive ethics?

2. When normative ethics asks 'what is good?' they mean 'what is a moral action?' What does metaethics mean when it asks 'what is good?'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this worksheet and its corresponding quiz to get the gist of what you comprehend about the study of morality. You'll be answering questions on normative ethics and descriptive ethics, among other areas.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Find out more about:

  • Metaethics' concept of 'good'
  • From where applied ethics derives
  • The difference between applied ethics and normative ethics

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as normative ethics and the concept of 'good' in metaethics
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as applied ethics and normative ethics
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of applied ethics and how it's connected to another branch of ethics

Additional Learning

Access more information on this particular area of study in the lesson entitled Approaches to the Study of Morality. You'll be reviewing the following concepts:

  • The difference between 'good' and 'bad'
  • Ways in which other areas relate to ethics (psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.)
  • The difficulty of constituting a universal sense of morality
  • A sense of subjectivity with regard to moral ethics