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The Euthyphro Dilemma

David Baggett and Jerry L. Walls

in Good God

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751808
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894840 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751808.003.0003
The Euthyphro Dilemma

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In nearly every ethics text, the famous Euthyphro Dilemma—is something moral because God commands it, or does God command it because it is moral?—is touted as the decisive defeater for theistic ethics. This chapter lays out the Dilemma and makes clear what the salient objections to theistic ethics are, objections that we will systematically address in later chapters on the basis of seven key distinctions that we identify at the end of this chapter. The objections include the normativity, no reasons, abhorrent commands, vacuity, epistemic, and autonomy objections, and the key distinctions include analysis versus definition, good versus right, epistemology versus ontology, difficult versus impossible, equivocation versus univocation, dependence versus control, and conceivability versus possibility.

Keywords: Euthyphro Dilemma; voluntarism; guided will theory; Ockhamism

Chapter.  8304 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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