Lecture18.ppt

Lecture18.ppt - Arbitrariness: Torturing Innocent Children...

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JUSTIFYING MORAL PRINCIPLES AND BELIEFS Grounding Morality Through Theological Considerations (Divine Command Theory): An Act Is Right If And Only If God Permits It; An Act Is Morally Wrong Iff God Forbids It. Practical Problems: Whose Interpretation Of God? Reply: Defining Feature Of Morality Need Not Be Easy To Discern
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Problems With Theological Analyses Of Morality (cont.) Plato’s Dilemma: Is An Act Right (Wrong) Because God Allows (Forbids) It, Or Does God Allow (Forbid) It Because It Is Right (Wrong)? If Former, Then:
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Unformatted text preview: Arbitrariness: Torturing Innocent Children Could Be Good Gods Own Goodness Is Uninteresting (Tyrant Analogy) If Latter, Then: Morality Is Not Based Upon Gods Commands Note: Other Properties Of God Also Admit Of Independent Analyses Quinns Rebuttal Gods Commands Are Not Fully Arbitrary The Constraining Role of Divine Goodness Reply: Does This Fully Remove Arbitrariness? Divine Command Theorists Should Allow Counter-Intuitive Cases Historical Examples Abraham and Hosea...
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