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PHLA11H3 Lecture Notes - Theism

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Kelin Emmett

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Ethics Session 12
ethics is objective only if God exists
Shafer-Landau rejects that
no objective laws require God to author them
normative laws require an author, unlike scientific laws
Shafer-Landau reply
non-moral normative laws are laws of logic and rationality
therefore, normative laws do not require an author
1. epistemic principle
one shouldn’t have inconsistent beliefs
2. prudential principles or hypothetical imperatives
if one has a goal, one needs to do the means
epistemic and prudential principles
objective, authorless, normative laws
not moral principles
1. “x” is obligatory because God commands it
God commands that we “x”
morality is arbitrary
theist conclusion
reject the idea that things are right just because God commands them
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