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Definition of Normative ethics

Normative ethics Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Theological and Philosophical Biography and Dictionary
an attempt to identify the universal principle(s) of morality to which all men ought to appeal to guide or to justify their behavior, i.e., an ideal or true code of morality. May be distinguished as teleological or deontological or varying combinations of both.
Normative ethics Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Normative ethics is the study of ethical action. It is the branch of philosophical ethics that investigates the set of questions that arise when considering how one ought to act, morally speaking. Normative ethics is distinct from meta-ethics because it examines standards for the rightness and wrongness of actions, while meta-ethics studies the meaning of moral language and the metaphysics of moral facts. Normative ethics is also distinct from descriptive ethics, as the latter is an empirical investigation of people’s moral beliefs. To put it another way, descriptive ethics would be concerned with determining what proportion of people believe that killing is always wrong, while normative ethics is concerned with whether it is correct to hold such a belief. Hence, normative ethics is sometimes called prescriptive, rather than descriptive. However, on certain versions of the meta-ethical view called moral realism, moral facts are both descriptive and prescriptive at the same time.

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Normative ethics Definition from Religion & Spirituality Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of religious terms
a study into ultimate values and how people should live their lives.