PHL211Paper3 - since we are not perfect However Rashdall...

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Molly Shifrin February 2 nd , 2010 PHL 211 Paper #3 Rashdall argues that there exists an idea of something that governs us morally. It does not physically exist, but it exists in the psyche of people. Humans know what is right and what is wrong and have a suspicion of some higher power. Since this idea exists, it must exist somewhere. This place is the human mind. Of course it is not a physical existence but the existence of an idea necessitates at least its partial validity, although I don’t think Rashdall says it in those words. Though this idea of a moral obligation exists in the minds of man, this idea does not exist wholly in humans’ minds, only partially and often flawed. Humans think differently and have different suppositions about what Rashdall calls “Moral Law.” He argues that humans have flawed thinking,
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Unformatted text preview: since we are not perfect. However, Rashdall argues that it can exist in a mind e.g. the mind that created the laws that govern “Moral Law.” So if a “Moral Law” exists, some sort of legislator must create it, like any other law. In short, some being other than humans who can’t wholly understand or create it in the first place, must create this moral law. But that legislator cannot be man with his imperfect thinking. Therefore, Rashdall argues, the legislator for which the law exists within is God. God is the only one who can create this thing that quite obviously already exists in our world. Since it exists, it must have been created. And through this reasoning, the creator must have been God....
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This note was uploaded on 09/05/2011 for the course PHL 211 taught by Professor Schueller during the Spring '10 term at Miami University.

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