In Defence of the Epistemological Objection to Divine Command Theory

Divine command theories (DCTs) come in several different forms but at their core all of these theories claim that certain moral statuses (most typically the status of being obligatory) exist in virtue of the fact that God has commanded them to exist. Several authors argue that this core version of t...

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Published in:Sophia
Main Author: Danaher, John 1967-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Netherlands [2019]
In: Sophia
Year: 2019, Volume: 58, Issue: 3, Pages: 381-400
IxTheo Classification:AB Philosophy of religion; criticism of religion; atheism
NBC Doctrine of God
NCA Ethics
Further subjects:B Divine Command Theory
B Epistemology
B Moral uncertainty
B Metaethics
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Summary:Divine command theories (DCTs) come in several different forms but at their core all of these theories claim that certain moral statuses (most typically the status of being obligatory) exist in virtue of the fact that God has commanded them to exist. Several authors argue that this core version of the DCT is vulnerable to an epistemological objection. According to this objection, DCT is deficient because certain groups of moral agents lack epistemic access to God's commands. But there is confusion as to the precise nature and significance of this objection, and critiques of its key premises. In this article, I try to clear up this confusion and address these critiques. I do so in three ways. First, I offer a simplified general version of the objection. Second, I address the leading criticisms of the premises of this objection, focusing in particular on the role of moral risk/uncertainty in our understanding of God's commands. And third, I outline four possible interpretations of the argument, each with a differing degree of significance for the proponent of the DCT.
ISSN:1873-930X
Contains:Enthalten in: Sophia
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11841-017-0622-9