Divine command morality and the autonomy of ethics

Faith and Philosophy 24 (2):121-143 (2007)
Abstract
This paper formulates a kind of divine command ethical theory intended to comport with two major views: that basic moral principles are necessary truths and that necessary truths are not determined by divine will. The theory is based on the possibility that obligatoriness can be a theological property even if its grounds are such that the content of our obligations has a priori limits. As developed in the paper, the proposed divine command theory is compatible with the centrality of God in practical ethics; it provides an account of a divine command morality as a set of internalized moral standards; and it is consistent with the autonomy of ethics conceived as a domain in which knowledge is possible independently of reliance on theology or religion
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Tim Mawson (2009). Morality and Religion. Philosophy Compass 4 (6):1033-1043.
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