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Studia Neoaristotelica

Volume 3, Issue 1, 2006

A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism

Kamila Pacovská
Pages 62-74

Kritika metaetiky v díle P. Footové a dalších „deskriptivistů“
A Journal of Analytic Scholasticism

The article aims to present one of the most decisive criticisms of metaethics which resulted in the restoration of substantive ethics in Great Britain in the late fifties. Philippa Foot attacks the basic metaethical presupposition that evaluative meaning is logically independent of descriptive meaning. She concentrates on the semantics of the word “good”. The second, most extensive part of my article summarizes her argumentation for the thesis that evaluative meaning of the latter word can imply some description of the object evaluated. This result can be linked with the rejection of formalistic methods in ethics.

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