ethics5 (euthyphro dilemma)

ethics5 (euthyphro dilemma) - The Metaphysical...

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The Metaphysical Question ( cont’d ) A Further ( Related ) Metaphysical Problem for DCT It makes God’s goodness empty Consider: It is theists who will be attracted to DCT . And it is a traditional tenet of theism that God is all - good or omnibenevolen t . But DCT seems to undermine the signiFcance of God’s goodness If whatever God commands is good, then when we say, “God only commands what is good,” we are just saying, “God only commands what he commands.” Or if the good is whatever God wants, then when we say, “God is all - good,” we are simply saying, “God always does what he wants.”
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“To deliver oneself over to a moral authority for directions about what to do is simply incompatible with being a moral agent. To say ‘I will follow so-and-so’s directions no matter what they are and no matter what my own conscience would otherwise direct me to do’ is to opt out of moral thinking altogether; it is to abandon one’s role as a moral agent.” James Rachels The Metaphysical Question ( cont’d ) One Last Metaphysical Problem for DCT Let’s call this the problem of moral abdication
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The Euthyphro Dilemma is a serious challenge to theistic moral theories First, if one abandons DCT and says, “God wills the good because i t is good then God’s willing it is an interesting additional fact about the good, but it appears to be a fact that is irrelevant to its moral status Second, if one embraces DCT and says “The good is good becaus e God wi % s i t ,” then it seems that morality is arbitrary ( and God, too ) . Irrelevant
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