Divine Commands at the Foundations of Morality

  title={Divine Commands at the Foundations of Morality},
  author={Joseph Shaw},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Philosophy},
  pages={419 - 439}
  • Joseph Shaw
  • Published 2002
  • Philosophy
  • Canadian Journal of Philosophy
In this paper I wish to consider one aspect of the role that divine commands seem to play in religious ethics, their role when considered in relation to the foundations of morality. If, as seems to be taken for granted in traditional religious ethics, divine commands have moral force in and of themselves, then at least some obligations are derived from commands. This being so, might not all be? If they were, then divine commands would be what the rest of morality derived from and was founded… Expand
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61 On the Sabbath commandment, see Scotus, Ordinatio III suppl dist 37, in Wolter, Duns Scotus, 203; on monogamous marriage, see Ordinatio IV dist 33 q1
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