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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Divine law theories of metaethics claim that moral rightness is grounded in Godâ��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 Godâ��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.
|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)|
|Deposited By:||Dr Nick Unwin|
|Deposited On:||22 Oct 2007|
|Last Modified:||26 Jul 2012 18:14|
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