Meta-Ethics

Revision test for the Edexcel syllabus on ethical terminology and meta-ethics

THESE QUESTIONS ARE BASED ON THE COURSE NOTES FOR THE ABOVE TOPICS THAT CAN BE FOUND HERE AND HERE. THIS TEST (AND MANY OF THE OTHERS ON THIS SITE) MAY ALSO BE OF USE TO STUDENTS FOLLOWING OTHER ADVANCED LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSES. BEAR IN MIND THAT THESE TESTS ARE MEANT TO BE DIFFICULT. FOR THIS REASON THEY SHOULD BE …

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General course notes introducing and exploring basic ethical terminology for the Edexcel Paper 2 Syllabus (Religion and Ethics)

We begin by looking at a famous thought experiment that is often used to introduce this topic: the Trolley Car dilemma. Trolley Car Dilemma Version 1 You are walking near a trolley-car track when you notice five people tied to it in a row. The next instant, you see a trolley hurtling toward them, out …

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Course notes on Meta-Ethics (in the form of an exemplar answer) for students of the Edexcel syllabus

From the syllabus for Religion and Ethics (Paper 2): 4.1 Meta-Ethics Cognitive and non-cognitive uses of language, realism and anti-realism, language as factual or symbolic, the nature of ethical assertions as absolutist or relative, ethical naturalism, the naturalistic fallacy, the is–ought gap, the problem of the open question, ethical non-naturalism, intuitionism, prescriptivism.  b) Emotivism, the …

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