Splitting the Horns of Euthyphro's Modal Relative

Faith and Philosophy 30 (2):205-212 (2013)

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Chris Tweedt
Christopher Newport University
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There is a modal relative of Euthyphro’s dilemma that goes like this: are necessary truths true because God affirms them, or does God affirm them because they’re true? If you accept the first horn, necessary truths are as contingent as God’s free will. If you accept the second, God is less ultimate than the modal ontology that establishes certain truths as necessary. If you try to split the horns by affirming that necessary truths are somehow grounded in God’s nature, Brian Leftow meets you with an argument. I will argue that Leftow’s argument fails and that, contrary to his argument, there is a good reason to believe that necessary truths are grounded in God’s nature.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion  deity theory  necessity  truthmakers  truthmaking
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ISBN(s) 0739-7046
DOI 10.5840/faithphil201330216
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