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The Morality System with and without God

Ton Van Den Beld
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
Vol. 4, No. 4, Is Theological Ethics Relevant for Philosophers? (Dec., 2001), pp. 383-399
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27504210
Page Count: 17
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The Morality System with and without God
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Abstract

What I set out to do is to cast some doubt on the thesis that, in Bernard Williams's words, any appeal to God in morality "either adds nothing at all, or it adds the wrong sort of thing". A first conclusion is that a morality of real, inescapable and (sometimes) for the agent costly obligations, while being at home in a theistic metaphysic, does not sit easily with metaphysical, atheistic naturalism. The second conclusion is that Christine Korsgaard's impressive ethical project which is neutral towards theism and atheism fails in giving a satisfying account of such obligations. My final claim is that a theistic account in terms of a strong divine command theory might succeed where non-and atheistic accounts seem to founder.

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