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Philosophia Christi

Volume 13, Issue 2, 2011

God and Abstract Objects

Glenn Peoples
Pages 389-401

The Epistemological Objection to Divine Command Ethics
Morriston on Reasonable Unbelievers and Moral Obligations

According to the epistemological objection to divine command ethics, if morality is grounded in God’s commands, then those who do not believe in God cannot have moral knowledge. This objection has been raised—and answered before. However, the objection persists, and I argue here that it has not been substantially improved upon and does not deserve a second hearing. Whether or not God’s commands provide the basis of moral facts does not imply that unbelievers cannot have moral knowledge, since the ability to know that something is true does not depend on our ability to know what makes it true.

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