Normative ethics and Meta-ethics in Theravada Buddhist Buddhism Teja Tanchangya (Tajay Bongsa) University of Colombo Debates surrounding normative ethics and metaethics in Western Philosophy center round the issues whether philosophers should establish normative ethics or do metaethics only; whether there are, distinctions apart, relations between normative ethics and metaethics (Kerferd 119), and whether there are actually normative ethics as is asked by Kant (Ibid. 121). But it is already assumed that religious systems have concerned themselves with normative ethics. What mostly lead to contentions in the last assumption is whether epistemological grounds, on which normative ethical propositions are based, can be justified. Moreover, it is an issue whether religious ethics should unquestionably be accepted, and whether philosophers' metaethics should question not the validity of the ethical propositions to refute them but establish sufficient grounds to make them acceptable. It can certainly be applied to Buddhism that religious systems concern themselves with
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