Meta-ethics in the literature and daily life

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Here’s the typical story:

Your uncle Mr Moore is dying, but his life can be saved. HOW?
By ONE drug/medicine (costs 10,000 dollar) which sales only in ONE pharmacy.

Let’s say you doesn’t have those 10,000. That’s why you are going to the pharmacy and asking the manager if you could buy now – pay later. The manager is a money-making-machine, he doesn’t care who is dying. He is refusing to sell that drug to you.

By the way 113,000 are already died today (check it here – WorldoMeters).
If you are still alive – smile!

But you are SOOO desperate, that you are waiting until midnight, breaking in to the pharmacy and stealing that drug. 

(I understand you hate your uncle Moore, but let’s imagine, for a moment, that he’s the most awesome EVER relative you ever had and plus you almost grew up in his house as the son he never had).

The situation where you have to decide ‘what is good and what is bad’, ‘what is wrong and what is right’ = is called meta ethics. And it’s everywhere around us: in our daily life, in the literature, movies. Because meta ethics is seeking to understand:

“HOW can we tell what is good from what is bad?”
“WHAT is the nature of moral judgments?”
“WHY should I be moral?”
‘Can moral statements be TRUE or FALSE?’

So from now on – you know what you can do, right? – you can throw a smart META-word at the face of your haters or lovely friends (lol) after reading the book or watching a movie: ‘IT WAS SOOOO META ETHICS!!’ Then watch them fade away…

Quick fact: J. L. Mackie is famous for his views about meta ethics. He believed: 

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