Three main themes:
(1) the particularity of the divine command
(2) our freedom in response to the command
(3) our access to the command
I. The particularity of the command
Here Dr. Hare wants to connect Barth with Scotus, and the notion of haecceity:
The point of the lecture:
unpack Wolterstorffs two core critiques of eudaimonism,
canvas potential responsesfrom broadly Aristotelian or specifically Thomistic
A defense is not impossible, but the critique is illuminating.
Some formulations of
[See AJs presentation]
[See Marks presentation]
Matt V.: Why does the eudaimonist need to claim
that morality and happiness necessarily
conincide? Wont it be enough that, in actuality on
(e.g.) Aquinass view, God will recompense moral
goodness or evil?
The point of the lecture: fleshing out the difference between Aquinass understanding of an
"immanent summons within our nature on the one hand and, on the other hand, Calvins focus on
obeying Gods commands.
Not an easy contrast to understand: recent schol
Wilde 1: Three arguments for dependence of morality on religion. (These structure our class time)
Argument from providence
Kants Religion, Preface
The argument in the early pages of the book may seem like this: If were free,
then we dont need another bein
I. Types of Imperatives
Imperatives in general (function)
We have them in the language because we want to be able to effect change in the
world by expression our desire/will.
God, then, addresses imperatives to us because God wants to effect change by
Jeffrey Stouts Critique of Adams
[See Keunwoo Kwons presentation on Stout]
Caleb: does Adams open up the door to the arbitrary objection to divine command theory
(DCT), by saying that theres no one set of commands and prohibitions that a God would
I. Features of Obligation
The lecture begins with a rehearsal of questions about obligation, as discussed in 4, regarding:
the constitution of obligation
the patient dimension of obligation
On divine command theories, would it be that I only owe it to God
Four sections of this class:
Dr. Hares motivation for this sort of work
Intrinsic evaluative character
Reason and revelation
I. Motivation for the Project
Dr. Hare is an interloper in the field of Islamic studies, particularly for not
A few significant questions for Dr. Herdts position.
Is my own good the source of all my normative reasons for acting?
We have many sources of reasons. This question, if answered affirmatively,
seems to homogenize our reasons
Paper abstracts: Due date postponed for one week. They are now due by next class period.
These should be roughly a paragraph
They should describe the question you will pursue, how you expect to answer it, and the
major texts you will engage
E-mail them to
First Warfield Lecture
The meaning of Eudaimonism
Eudaimonism could mean different things:
Virtue is happiness?
Virtue is a component of happiness?
Virtue is a means (perhaps the only means) to happiness?
In Christian eudaimonism, like that of A