Ethical enquiry takes a number of forms. It can be conducted in the manner of normative moral theorising: theorising as to how we ought to act and/or live. It can be conducted in the manner of metaethical enquiry: enquiring about the nature of value and value claims. It can be conducted in another, more tangential, though, I suggest, equally as important a manner; not directly concerned to theorise as to what one ought to do, nor concerned directly with the metaphysics of value, but rather concerned with questions such as what it means to be human, what place do moral concepts have in our lives, and how are they related to other concepts. This is the sense in which the present work is an ethical investigation; it is offered as a work in moral psychology, though, importantly, one which also seeks to work on the reader’s moral sensibilities.1
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