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Philosophy 105 Class Notes 4/16 Morality as Objective - there are objective grounds as moral claim o morality does not depend on the preference of an individual or group - moral philosophers distinguish between claims concerning the good and the right - claims concerning the good tell us what sorts of things are worth pursuing o e.g.- it’s good to learn a foreign language o but this understanding of good falls short of counting as a moral good - claims concerning truth telling, for example, seem to be both a moral good and an obligation . Goods that falls into this category make up what philosophers call “the right” - things that are right are moral goods that have a special hold on us, because we are obligated to pursue them. Theistic philosophers claim that God is in some way required to ground the truth of objective morality 1. Moral laws imply a moral law giver
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Unformatted text preview: a. since all require law-givers, moral laws require a moral law-giver. Moral law-givers are intentional, deliberate agents. Thus, some intentional, deliberate moral agent exists, and is the ground of objective moral truths b. objection: there are law-like or normative principles that seemingly have no need of law-giver to explain their truth. i. Examples: laws of nature and laws of mathematics 2. Moral laws as necessary laws require a necessary being a. Supernatural facts ground moral claims Need for an explanation-if the moral laws are universal, objective for all, then there must be one explanation Moral laws of God god as a necessary and moral laws as necessary -god knows all true propositions - moral truths- truth telling is always good Laws of Nature law of gravity needs no law-giver...
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2011 for the course PHIL 105 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '10 term at Saint Louis.

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