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Lenn E. Goodman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195328820

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328820.001.0001

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Love Thy Neighbour As Thyself

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Christine Korsgaard surveys several ways of warranting ethics (Hobbes, Puffendorff, Moore, Ross, Nagel, Hutcheson, Hume, Mill, Williams). She chooses a neo‐Kantian approach. But Goodman finds her solution suppositious and her problematic artificial. Ethics, he argues, needs no justification. The dependence of all values on God does not imply an arbitrary authority. Indeed, monotheism finds incoherent the notion that divine authority would be arbitrary. Goodman engages critically with exponents of Jewish legal positivism and with Hare regarding divine command ethics, arguing against the ideas of original sin and the inadequacy of the Mosaic law.

Keywords:   Christine Korsgaard, David Hume, Immanuel Kant, John Hare, divine command ethics, legal positivism, original sin, G. E. Moore, Bernard Williams, Thomas Nagel

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