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A way out of the Euthyphro dilemma


I defend the view that morality depends on God against the Euthyphro dilemma by arguing that the reasons that God has for determining the moral–natural dependencies might be personal reasons that have non-moral content. I deflect the ‘arbitrary whim’ worry, but I concede that the account cannot extend to the goodness of God and His will. However, human moral–natural dependencies can be explained by God's will. So a slightly restricted version of divine commandment theory is defensible.

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Kierkegaard Søren (1944) Either/Or, Volume 1 (Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press).
Maimonides Moses (1958) Guide for the Perplexed (London: Dover Press).
Plato (1997) ‘Euthyphro’, in Plato's Complete Works (Indianapolis: Hackett).
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Religious Studies
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