ethics4 (three Q's)

ethics4 (three Q's) - ❖ Today we’ll critically examine...

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Unformatted text preview: ❖ Today we’ll critically examine DCT , using John Arthur’s article as our guide ❖ In particular, we’ll 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 I’ll 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, don’t 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 ffi 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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