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Divine Hoorays : Some Parallels Between Expressivism and Religious Ethics.

Unwin, Nicholas (2006) Divine Hoorays : Some Parallels Between Expressivism and Religious Ethics. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 77 (3). pp. 659-684.

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    Abstract

    Divine law theories of metaethics claim that moral rightness is grounded in God�s commands, wishes and so forth. Expressivist theories, by contrast, claim that to call something morally right is to express our own attitudes, not to report on God�s. Ostensibly, such views are incompatible. However, we shall argue that a rapprochement is possible and beneficial to both sides. Expressivists need to explain the difference between reporting and expressing an attitude, and to address the Frege-Geach problem. Divine law theorists need to get past the Euthyphro dilemma, and to avoid moral externalism. This paper shows how a combined theory helps us to achieve this.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
    Additional Information: This is a pre-print of an article published in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 77 (3), 2008. (c) Wiley.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: expressivism ; God ; divine command theories ; metaethics
    Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
    ID Code: 650
    Deposited By: Dr Nick Unwin
    Deposited On: 22 Oct 2007
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:14
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/650

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