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Divine Hoorays : Some Parallels Between Expressivism and Religious Ethics.

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Journal publication date11/2006
JournalPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research
Number of pages26
Original languageEnglish


Divine law theories of metaethics claim that moral rightness is grounded in God�s commands, wishes and so forth. Expressivist theories, by contrast, claim that to call something morally right is to express our own attitudes, not to report on God�s. Ostensibly, such views are incompatible. However, we shall argue that a rapprochement is possible and beneficial to both sides. Expressivists need to explain the difference between reporting and expressing an attitude, and to address the Frege-Geach problem. Divine law theorists need to get past the Euthyphro dilemma, and to avoid moral externalism. This paper shows how a combined theory helps us to achieve this.

Bibliographic note

This is a pre-print of an article published in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 77 (3), 2008. (c) Wiley.