Evaluating these questions takes us into the world of Metaethics, a branch of ethics
focused on three areas:
The origin of ethics.
Do ethical principles have an objective foundation or basis on human convention? Since ethics
is not a physical truth such as a rock, is it a transcendent truth from god or man? Is it a social invention or
expression of individual emotion?
The psychological motive for ethical behavior.
What motivates humans to be moral? What is wisdom? Are motives rational or merely emotional?
How does selfishness, pleasure, and altruism fit in?
The meaning of ethical terms.
What does the term "good" mean? How does one describe a transcendent truth in a manner
that can be logically accepted as a prescription for ethical behavior?
Where does moral skepticism fit in?
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