Divine Commands and the Logic of Requirement

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

Divine Commands and the Logic of Requirement

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This chapter proposes to examine a theory that is logically adequate for dealing with conflicting requirements. It also shows how it can be extended so that it is a divine command theory and argues that this theory too can be successfully defended against the standard philosophical requirements. This chapter begins by discussing ethical principles modeled on a system of general principles, called the ‘the logic of requirement’. It then discusses how this theory deals with conflicts between ordinary moral requirements and those imposed by a divine command.

Keywords: conflicting requirements; divine command theory; logic of requirement; moral requirements; divine command

Chapter.  8510 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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