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God and Moral Law: On the Theistic Explanation of Morality

Mark C. Murphy


There has been a revival in theistic ethics within mainstream contemporary moral philosophy. The characteristic methodology of this revival is to proceed by asking whether there are features of moral norms that can be adequately explained only if we hold that such norms have some sort of theistic foundation. But this methodology, fruitful as it has been, is one-sided. This book proceeds not from the side of the moral norms, so to speak, but from the God side of things: what sort of explanatory relationship should we expect between God and moral norms given the existence of the God of orthodox ... More

Keywords: God, morality, moral law, explanation, natural law, theological voluntarism, divine command theory, perfect being theology, laws of nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199693665
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693665.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark C. Murphy, author
Georgetown University, USA