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Published: 04 October 2018

352 Pages


ISBN: 9780198829843

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God's Command

John E. Hare

Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

  • Provides an inter-religious perspective on the foundations of ethics
  • Defends the thesis that what makes something morally obligatory is that God commands it, and what makes something morally forbidden is that God forbids it
  • Investigates the relation between divine command and natural law in all three Abrahamic faiths, namely Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • Considers contemporary evolutionary psychology, and argues that the notion of divine command is helpful in understanding how morality could be stable from an evolutionary point of view
  • Engages primarily with contemporary philosophy, and argues that if we ask 'Why should we try to be morally good?' the answer 'Because God tells us to be' makes good sense

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