By Calvin P. Van Reken
Metaethics is the learn of ethical language, ethical ontology, and ethical epistemology. This ebook addresses each one of those in a fashion available to either scholars philosophers.
Van Reken defends the vintage view of ethical realism, complicated through philosophers comparable to Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Kant.
Moral language has a tendency to be the point of interest of a lot present metaethical dialogue, yet this quantity issues itself extra with questions of ethical ontology and ethical epistemology. the idea that of the ethical box is brought, which is helping distinguish what's ethical and what's amoral (a dialogue too frequently ignored by means of moralists), and--adapting an epistemological concept built through Alvin Plantinga--an argument is made that we will recognize ethical truths.
Principia Meta-Ethica provides a go back to the middle problems with metaethics and strengthens the case for ethical realism with new arguments, differences, and concepts.
"In this significant publication, Calvin Van Reken concerns a decision for ethicists to come to the exploration of an ethical order that holds for all people in all occasions and areas. Such an order, he rightly insists, isn't of our personal making--it is to be stumbled on by means of us. Having issued the decision, Van Reken develops a compelling case for a way to answer it successfully."
--Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary
"Van Reken's e-book is an important achievement--a transparent, thorough, cogent, and without problems available protection of classical ethical realism in an age of ethical constructivism and relativism. one in every of its strengths is that even supposing his conclusions comport good with Christian and different non secular perspectives of ethics, his research and arguments are philosophical and never depending on noticeably spiritual assumptions. This e-book advantages attention by means of all who're drawn to metaethics."
--John W. Cooper, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary
"Principia Meta-Ethica is a welcome ebook for our instances. Van Reken's case for traditional ethical realism presents clarifying discussions of the ethical order, the ethical box, warranted ethical trust, and the grounding of morality. In a clear-thinking analytic type, he proposes an bold metaethical idea encompassing either teleology and deontology. this could galvanize vital discussions, specially between those that should still think of themselves rivals."
--Anne Poortenga, coauthor, The tale of Ethics: pleasurable Our Human Nature; cofounder, Trinitas Classical college, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Calvin P. Van Reken is the Professor of ethical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary and a pastor within the Christian Reformed Church. He has a PhD in philosophy from the college of Chicago.