Divine Commands

Robert Merrihew Adams

in Finite and Infinite Goods

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153712
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199869381 | DOI:
Divine Commands

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This chapter defends a divine command theory of obligation, proposing God as the one whose requirements are good enough to define morally binding obligations. It discusses (1) the history of divine command metaethics, (2) the reasons for treating divine commands as morally binding, (3) the advantages of conceiving of obligation in terms of divine “commands” rather than divine will, (4) the nature and epistemology of divine commands, and (5) the compatibility of divine commands with human autonomy.

Keywords: autonomy; divine command; divine will; epistemology; metaethics; obligation; reasons

Chapter.  15995 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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