ethics4 (three Q's)

ethics4 (three Q's) - Today well critically examine DCT ,...

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Unformatted text preview: Today well critically examine DCT , using John Arthurs article as our guide In particular, well evaluate how well DCT answers the metaphysical question, the epistemological question, and the motivational question Note: Arthur usually speaks in terms of religio n but Ill mostly speak in terms of God Religion, Morality, and Conscience Suggestion 1: God is required for moral motivation The idea here is that people required divine promises of reward, or fear of divine punishment to do what is right. Or perhaps a sense of purpos e is required. Reply: There are many other sources of moral motivation Fear of social disapproval Avoiding feelings of guilt It seems to me that many of us, when it really gets down to it, dont give much of a thought to relgion when making moral decisions ( Arthur 23 ) . The Motivational Question Further objection. Not only is God not required for moral motivation, but DCT seems to get the motivational question all wrong. Given DCT, it is di cult to see why I should be moral. Why should I do what God commands? Answer 1. God will punish you if you do not. But this makes moral motivation a matter of self- interest....
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2010 for the course PHIL PHIL 4 taught by Professor Huizenga during the Fall '09 term at UCSB.

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