Divine Commands and the Social Nature of Obligation

Faith and Philosophy 4 (3):262-275 (1987)
Abstract
Divine command metaethics is one of those theories according to which the nature of obligation is grounded in personal or social relationships. In this paper I first try to show how facts about human relationships can fill some of the role that facts of obligation aresupposed to play, specifically with regard to moral motivation and guilt. Then I note certain problems that arise for social theories of obligation, and argue that they can be dealt with more adequately by an expansion of our vision of the social dimension of ethics to include God as the most important participant in our system of personal relationships.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI 10.5840/faithphil19874343
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