In Defence of the Divine Command Conception

Philip L. Quinn

in Divine Commands and Moral Requirements

Published in print October 1978 | ISBN: 9780198244134
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680755 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

In Defence of the Divine Command Conception

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Through the ages people have worried about the relationship between religion and morality. Most modern philosophers subscribe to some version of the thesis that morality is autonomous and they reject the claim that what is ethically right or wrong depends upon the command or choice of God. It is often said that divine command theories of ethics are preposterous or obviously untenable. This chapter challenges the conventional wisdom about these matters. It argues that philosophers have not succeeded in refuting certain divine command theories and are not justified in rejecting them. It also explains the divine command theory of ethics and what consequences it should have. This chapter also considers a number of objections to such theories and tries to show that none of them serves to refute all of the theories under discussion.

Keywords: religion; morality; choice; God; divine command theory; ethics

Chapter.  16650 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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