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Divine attitudes, divine commands, and the modal status of moral truths

  • MATTHEW CAREY JORDAN (a1)
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This essay presents a theistic account of deontic properties that can lay claim to many of the advantages of divine command theory but which avoids its flaws. The account, divine attitude theory, asserts that moral properties should be understood in terms of divine attitudes, such that an action is morally wrong just in case God would be displeased with the performance of that action. Among the virtues of this account is its ability to explain the modal status of fundamental moral truths, something that divine command theory cannot do.

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R. M. Hare (1981) Moral Thinking (Oxford: Clarendon Press).

M. Jordan (2009) ‘Theistic ethics: not as bad as you think’, Philo, 12, 3145.

M. Murphy (2002) ‘A trilemma for divine command theory’, Faith and Philosophy, 19, 2231.

P. Railton (1986) ‘Moral realism’, Philosophical Review, 95, 163207.

N. Zangwill (1995) ‘Moral supervenience’, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 20, 240262.

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Religious Studies
  • ISSN: 0034-4125
  • EISSN: 1469-901X
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