Sep 6, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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What facts of reality give rise to the concept of morality?
This is a metaethical question. Let's examine one component of the answer by looking more closely at the moral doer or actor, i.e., at the metaphorical traveler with his compass and map. Who is he, where is he going, and how is he getting there? The metaphysical ideas underlying the conception of the moral actor include life, death, growth, progress, fellowship, oneness, alienation, stagnation, perfection. Brief special mentions include relativism, postmodernism, identity, character, habit, (moral) communitarianism.
The bonus question to ask, if we finish early, is, can the various ethical systems be classified metaethically on the basis of destinations?