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Perfectly Good and a Source of Moral Obligation

Richard Swinburne

in The Coherence of Theism

Published in print March 1993 | ISBN: 9780198240709
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598586 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198240708.003.0011

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Perfectly Good and a Source of Moral Obligation

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The morally good action is the overall good action, one that there is overriding reason to do. Morally, good actions include both obligatory actions and supererogatory good actions. There are three propositions stating which actions are good and which are bad. Some moral truths do not depend for their truth on the will of God. But, because he is our supreme benefactor, he has the right to command us to do many actions; and his commands make those actions obligatory (and his commendations of them makes actions supererogatarily good).

Keywords: Aquinas; divine command; ethics; Euthyphro; God; moral goodness; supererogatory; supreme benefactor

Chapter.  13200 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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