Substitutes for God’s Assistance


in The Moral Gap

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269571
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683701 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

Substitutes for God’s Assistance

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This chapter examines attempts in naturalistic ethics to bridge the moral gap. These include the works of Donald Campbell, David Gauthier, and Allan Gibbard. These authors suggested bridging the moral gap through a scientific mediational normative ethics, in which both the moral gap is recognized and some non-theological substitute for God’s assistance is introduced to close it. In these cases what closes the moral gap is some machinery external to the agent’s will, which transforms egotists into useful members of society.

Keywords: moral gap; naturalistic ethics; Donald Campbell; David Gauthier; Allan Gibbard; normative ethics; God

Chapter.  7908 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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