David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Journal of Religious Ethics 23 (1):39 - 67 (1995)
Given the religious appeal of divine command theories of morality (DCM), and given that these theories are found in both Christianity and Islam, we could expect DCM to be represented in Judaism, too. In this essay, however, we show that hardly any echoes of support for this thesis can be found in Jewish texts. We analyze texts that appear to support DCM and show they do not. We then present a number of sources clearly opposed to DCM. Finally, we offer a theory to explain the absence of DCM in Judaism, claiming that the rational character of "Halakha", as well as the moral and rational character of God, does not provide suitable ground for the growth of DCM theses.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Noam J. Zohar (1996). Can a War Be Morally 'Optional'? Journal of Political Philosophy 4 (3):229–241.
Similar books and articles
Stephen Maitzen (2004). A Semantic Attack on Divine-Command Metaethics. Sophia 43 (2):15-28.
Alexander R. Pruss (2009). Another Step in Divine Command Dialectics. Faith and Philosophy 26 (4):432-439.
Michael J. Harris (2003). Divine Command Ethics: Jewish and Christian Perspectives. Routledgecurzon.
Ronald M. Green (1982). Abraham, Isaac, And The Jewish Tradition: An Ethical Reappraisal. Journal of Religious Ethics 10 (1):1-21.
Martin Kavka & Randi Rashkover (2004). A Jewish Modified Divine Command Theory. Journal of Religious Ethics 32 (2):387 - 414.
Susan Peppers-Bates (2008). Divine Simplicity and Divine Command Ethics. International Philosophical Quarterly 48 (3):361-369.
Robert Audi (2007). Divine Command Morality and the Autonomy of Ethics. Faith and Philosophy 24 (2):121-143.
Daniel M. Johnson (2012). The Objectivity of Obligations in Divine Motivation Theory: On Imitation and Submission. Journal of Religious Ethics 40 (3):504-517.
Simin Rahimi (2012). Divine Command Theory and Theistic Activism. Heythrop Journal 53 (4):551-559.
Stephen J. Sullivan (1993). Robert Adams's Theistic Argument From the Nature of Morality. Journal of Religious Ethics 21 (2):303 - 312.
John L. Hammond (1986). Divine Command Theories and Human Analogies. Journal of Religious Ethics 14 (1):216 - 223.
Simin Rahimi (2008). Divine Command and Ethical Duty: A Critique of the Scriptural Argument. Journal of Islamic Philosophy 4:77-108.
Michael J. Almeida (2004). Supervenience and Property-Identical Divine-Command Theory. Religious Studies 40 (3):323-333.
Wes Morriston (2009). The Moral Obligations of Reasonable Non-Believers. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 65 (1):1 - 10.
Thomas M. Osborne (2005). Ockham as a Divine-Command Theorist. Religious Studies 41 (1):1-22.
Added to index2011-05-29
Total downloads25 ( #160,357 of 1,911,732 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #322,396 of 1,911,732 )
How can I increase my downloads?