We live in an interesting age in the history of ethics. Over the past century, philosophers have posited a variety of conceptual frameworks for
moral thinking, including utilitarianism, intuitionism, and emotivism. Each of these meta-ethical theories has captured some important aspect of the moral enterprise. As Timothy J. Cooney writes, “everyone . . . had a piece of the answer.” Nevertheless, these theories have all proven inadequate
or incomplete as foundations for morality. In keeping with much of classical philosophy from Plato onward, they shed useful and often brilliant light,
but do not answer all of the questions they lead us to discern.
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