David Copp

in The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780195325911
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks



This article represents the current state of debate on the wide range of issues discussed in moral philosophy. It focuses on theoretical questions that can arise in thinking about any practical issue as well as general moral questions of theoretical importance. Applied ethics is an area of moral philosophy that focuses on concrete moral issues, including such matters as abortion, capital punishment, civil disobedience, drug use, family responsibilities, and professional ethics. This article defends a variety of positions in both normative moral theory and metaethics. It discusses metaethical and normative issues. It gives an introduction to moral theory and helps to raise the level of debate in moral philosophy and to foster a heightened level of responsiveness and reasonableness in moral discourse.

Keywords: moral philosophy; ethics; moral theory; metaethics; normative issues

Article.  16449 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Moral Philosophy

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