Divine Command Theory

Divine Command Theory - o Using faith, you cannot tell when...

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Divine Command Theory – the view that the source & justification of any ethical values & principles is the Word of God Which express the Divine Command Theory? o Certain things are good (or evil) only because God says so. o God says certain things are good (or evil) because there something about those things which makes them good (or evil). #1 expresses it. It’s just a repackaging of the Divine Command Theory. What’s important about #2 is that someone who holds #2 is that they are rejecting the divine command theory. Criticisms of “faith”: o Using faith, you can believe anything at all (garbage dump view of the mind); e.g. I believe there are a herd of elephants in this room; doesn’t need to be any evidence); reason puts a filter on the mind, rejecting those things where there are insufficient evidence for; faith takes the filter off
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Unformatted text preview: o Using faith, you cannot tell when to reconsider a belief. Someone might say, Sometimes Im a subjectivist. Sometimes Im a secular subjectivist. How do you tell when to be a subjectivist? The person might say, I just do whatever I feel like. Bottom line, he is a secular subjectivist. Teleological Ethical Theories any ethical theory whose ethical standard is in terms of a goal to be achieved; thus, right actions are those which achieve that goal (goal-oriented) o Someone might say: the goal is to get to heaven & the right actions are whatever actions u take to get there. o these agree on that the most important thing is the goal....
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY PHI2600 taught by Professor Siegmann during the Spring '11 term at FIU.

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