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The Autonomy of Ethics and the Moral Authority of Religion

Robert Audi

in Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199796083
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919345 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199796083.003.0001
The Autonomy of Ethics and the Moral Authority of Religion

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This chapter explores the relation between moral and religious knowledge and shows how even the pious can grant that the former is possible independently of the latter. The chapter also explains how ethics and religion can be integrated in a reflective person who takes account of the multiple sources of moral and religious insight. In doing this, it outlines a divine command ethical theory which does not fall prey to the famous Euthyphro problem is soluble, and it shows how it is possible to grant moral authority to religion and, for theists, to God, without denying it to non-theistic sources.

Keywords: autonomy; divine command ethics; epistemic independence; Euthyphro problem; moral authority; moral knowledge; natural theology; obligation; reflective equilibrium; secularity

Chapter.  8882 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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