Metaethics (Moral Realism)


Is moral realism the correct metaethical theory? (25 marks)

This question is asking you to discuss moral realism (the view that moral properties (e.g. ‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘right’, and ‘wrong’) exist mind-independently, and that these moral properties give rise to mind-independent moral facts (e.g. “stealing is wrong”)) and argue either that it is the correct metaethical theory or that it is an incorrect metaethical theory.

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An A* grade example answer to a 25 mark question on moral realism. This document also includes a bullet-point essay plan to help students understand how to structure their essays for maximum marks.

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