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Divine Command Theory

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/9780199751808.003.0007
Divine Command Theory

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On the foundation of the theory of the good defended in the previous chapter, this chapter, following the groundbreaking work of Robert Adams, lays out a divine command theory of moral obligation, in order to offer an account of which things that are good are also a duty. It is not the case, of course, that all good things are also duties; an account is needed for why this is so, not to mention an explanation for the otherwise odd feature of moral obligations that they are authoritatively so binding in nature.

Keywords: semantic turn; moral authority; divine commands; voluntarism

Chapter.  9676 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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