Objectivity in Moral Discourse

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The idea that some realm of discourse, including moral discourse, is objective is the idea that there is a single set of basic truths that the discourse purports to be about. In order to determine whether moral discourse is indeed objective, we must first clarify the very idea of objectivity under consideration and then examine the various semantic, ontological, and epistemological features of moral discourse implicated in the idea of objectivity. Two models of objectivity have been prevalent in philosophical discussions of moral objectivity - a strong 'ontological' model and a somewhat weaker 'methodological' model. Thus, meta-ethical debates about the status of moral discourse revolve around whether moral discourse satisfies the requirements of either model of objectivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Language & Linguistics
PublisherElsevier Ltd.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780080448541
StatePublished - 2006


  • Cognitivism
  • Constructivism (Moral)
  • Emotivism
  • Error Theory
  • Meta-ethics
  • Methodological
  • Moral Realism
  • Noncognitivism
  • Objectivism (Moral)
  • Objectivity
  • Ontological
  • Relativism (Moral)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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